This Companion Specification usually describes exactly one type of device, such as an image processing system or a robot. In real applications, however, a whole range of different types of devices will have to work together. In order to enable efficient interaction, common specifications are required, i.e. harmonization of the individual standards with the aim of interoperability.

VITRONIC is an active participant in various working groups that strive to create overarching guidelines that ensure interoperability beyond individual Companion standards. This year, the first version of the "OPC UA for Machinery" Companion Specification is to be published in which such common definitions are laid down.

In order to make the topic of harmonization visible to end customers as well, VDMA and VDW have decided to promote all Companion specifications created and harmonized under their umbrella under the common label Universal Machine Technology Interface (umati).   

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About VITRONIC

VITRONIC is a world leader in industrial machine vision. The owner-managed group of companies develops innovative products and customized solutions in the growth industries of automation, healthcare, photovoltaics, logistics automation, body scanning solutions, and traffic technology.

With over 35 years of experience, VITRONIC offers a unique portfolio of systems and software for image and sensor-based quality inspection, identification, traffic monitoring, and toll collection. Customers include renowned companies such as B.Braun, BMW, Daimler, DHL, UPS, Toll Collect, Fresenius, and Sanofi, as well as government agencies and public authorities.

VITRONIC systems play a major role in ensuring the highest levels of quality and efficiency in the production processes of the automobile, photovoltaic, and pharmaceutical industries.

In logistics centers and cargo airports worldwide, VITRONIC's Auto-ID solutions efficiently capture and integrate shipment data and ensure the transparent flow of packages.

In the traffic technology sector, VITRONIC offers high-performance technologies to increase road safety, improve traffic flow and secure tolling revenue.

Since its founding in 1984, VITRONIC has grown continuously, and currently has over 1,000 employees.  It is represented in four continents and in over 80 countries. VITRONIC supports its international customers through its subsidiaries in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as through a global network of sales and service partners.

VITRONIC systems are developed and manufactured at the company's headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany. In 2020, the Group’s total revenue was 152,5 million Euros.

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