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:
Robots and controller manufacturer:
- ABB Automation
- B&R Austria
- ENGEL AUSTRIA
- FANUC Deutschland
- KUKA Roboter
- Krauss Maffei Automation
- Mitsubishi Electric
- YASKAWA Europe
Integrators / end users
- FASTEMS Systems
- LASCO Umformtechnik
- SCHUNK Spann- und Greiftechnik
- TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen
First release of companion specification should be published at AUTOMATICA trade show, June 2018 in Munich, Germany.
Dr. Reinhard Heister
Robotik + Automation
Standards Development, Industrie 4.0
Lyoner Straße 18