EMO Hannover 2019, 16 - 21 September

    EMO Hannover 2019, 16 - 21 September
    EMO news

    All major control suppliers support umati

    Standard interface for machine tool industry attracting great international interest

    25 Mar. 2019

    Frankfurt am Main, 25 March 2019 – umati, universal machine tool interface, has chalked up further major successes on its way to becoming an internationally recognised standard interface for machine tool communication with higher-level IT systems. "Our newly founded OPC UA Joint Working Group (JWG) started work in mid-February, and we have also succeeded in encouraging two other well-known control manufacturers to come on board: B&R Automation from Austria and Mitsubishi Electric from Japan," said Dr. Alexander Broos, Head of Research and Development at VDW (Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken - German Machine Tool Builders' Association). umati is also supported by the control producers Beckhoff, Bosch Rexroth, Fanuc, Heidenhain and Siemens. "We now have all the major manufacturers of CNC controls for machine tools on board with umati," said a pleased Götz Görisch, umati project manager at VDW.

    The involvement and support of the control manufacturers is only logical, because their customers are now increasingly asking for a manufacturer-independent standard which allows them to read out their data and process it in a uniform data format. This prompted Peter Berens, Head of Business Development CNC Systems at Bosch Rexroth AG in Lohr am Main, to say: "Bosch Rexroth expressly welcomes and supports the standardisation initiated by VDW on the basis of the recognised industry standard OPC UA. We are actively participating in the design of umati and have integrated it into the MTX CNC system." The internationalisation of umati on the basis of OPC UA has further boosted its prospects. Michael Marzluff, Senior Advisor and Global Key Account CNC at Mitsubishi Electric Europe in Ratingen, Germany: "After the VDW decided to go international with its OPC UA-based standardisation approach for umati, Mitsubishi Electric is very pleased to participate in this initiative." A crucial reason for this is that contributing to umati is also good for the control providers' image. They can meet interested customers' needs while positioning themselves as pioneers. Uwe-Armin Ruttkamp, Head of Machine Tool Systems, Siemens AG in Erlangen confirmed: "VDW's umati is important for us because it defines the content of typical applications in the machine tool industry and also reflects the openness and flexibility of our product range."

    EMO Hannover 2019 featuring extensive umati showcase

    The VDW launched umati in 2017 together with eight well-known machine tool manufacturers as part of the "Connectivity for Industry 4.0" project. A major demonstration installation with international partners is planned for EMO Hannover 2019. "There is still a lot to do before then," said Görisch from VDW. The OPC UA specification for machine tools will need to be available by then, and the necessary prerequisites and adaptations must also be in place in the participants' machines and controls. The first use cases will then be showcased in Hannover. In the meantime, 130 employees from 60 companies in twelve countries have registered to participate in the JWG.

    The control manufacturers, for their part, are certainly ready. Henning Rausch, responsible for CNC applications at Beckhoff Automation in Verl, is promoting umati to his customers: "We are alerting our machine tool customers to umati and its possibilities. Beckhoff is therefore participating in the live demonstration at EMO Hannover by connecting several of its machines via the umati interface. We will also be showcasing umati on the Beckhoff stand."

    Further information on the Internet at www.umati.info .

    EMO Hannover 2019 – the world’s premier trade fair for the metalworking sector

    From 16 to 21 September 2019, international manufacturers of production technology will be spotlighting smart engineering at the EMO Hannover 2019. Under the motto of "Smart technologies driving tomorrow’s production", the world’s premier trade fair for the metalworking industry will be showcasing the entire band-width of modern-day metalworking technology, which is the heart of every industrial production process. The fair will be presenting the latest machines, plus efficient technical solutions, product-supportive ser-vices, sustainability in the production process, and much, much more. The principal focus of the EMO Hannover is on metal-cutting and forming machine tools, production systems, high-precision tools, auto-mated material flows, computer technology, industrial electronics and accessories. The trade visitors to the EMO come from all major sectors of industry, such as machinery and plant manufacturers, the automotive industry and its component suppliers, the aerospace sector, precision mechanics and optics, shipbuilding, medical technology, tool and die manufacture, steel and lightweight construction. The EMO Hannover is the world’s most important international meeting point for production technology specialists from all over the planet. The EMO Hannover 2017 attracted almost 2,230 exhibitors from 44 different countries, and around 130,000 trade visitors from 160 nations. EMO is a registered trademark of the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries CECIMO.

    You can also follow the EMO Hannover using our social media channels:



    Contact us