VDMA – Mechanical Engineering Industry Association
VDMA and OPC Foundation – OPC UA Information Model for Robots
The VDMA represents over 3,200 mainly small and medium size member companies in the engineering industry, making it one of the largest and most important industrial associations in Europe. As part of the VDMA Robotics + Automation association, VDMA Robotics unites more than 75 members: companies offering robots, components of a robot, control units and motion device system integrations. The objective of this industry-driven platform is to support the robotics industry through a wide spectrum of activities and services such as standardization, statistics, marketing, public relations, trade fair policy, networking events and representation of interests.
The joint VDMA and OPC Foundation Working Group “VDMA OPC Robotics Initiative” will develop an OPC UA information model for the robotics communication. Robotics stands for a complete motion device system that includes a list of motion devices. Motion devices can be any existing robot type or even a fictive future robot type. This includes for example industry robots (stationary), mobile robots (also with several robot arms), robots with several control units, robotics periphery without an own OPC UA server, service robots and many more.
The OPC UA Robotics Companion Specification is split up into several parts from part 1 to part n. Part 1 includes a basic description of a motion device system and has the main scope to push out condition data of a motion device system vertically into higher level manufacturing systems (e. g. line PLC, MES; Cloud) for information and diagnostic purposes. Subsequent parts will extend the basic robotics description and cover other use cases, e. g. to configure and control a motion device system or the included motion devices.
Currently identified information blocks for the robotics companion specification:
- ABB AS Robotics
- Unified Automation GmbH
- AUDI AG
- B+R automatizace
- Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG
- CAX-SERVICE GmbH
- Daimler AG
- ENGEL AUSTRIA GmbH
- EPSON Deutschland GmbH
- fortiss An-Institut Technische Universität München
- Fraunhofer IGCV
- KEBA AG
- KraussMaffei Automation GmbH
- KUKA Deutschland GmbH
- Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V.
- SIEMENS AG
- Volkswagen AG
- YASKAWA Europe GmbH
- First release of companion specification has been published at AUTOMATICA trade show, June 2018 in Munich, Germany.
- VDMA general
3 min video “VDMA Overview” by Dr Christian Mosch
9 min video “VDMA Overview in detail” by Dr Christian Mosch
- VDMA Robotic specific
2 min video “VDMA Robotics – Overview” by Dr. Reinhard Heister
8 min video “VDMA Robotics – Overview in details” by Dr. Reinhard Heister
- VDMA general
Dr. Reinhard Heister
Robotik + Automation
Standards Development, Industrie 4.0
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