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Paving the way for the intelligent factory

• OPC UA specification for Machine Vision unveiled at SPS trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany
• Joint project of VDMA OPC Machine Vision Initiative achieves further milestone for industry 4.0

Wiesbaden, Germany, November 14 2019 – A basic requirement for Industry 4.0 is the exchange of information across manufacturers and platforms. The communication standard OPC UA (Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture) provides a framework for this so that systems can communicate in a common language. In order to make optimum use of this potential for image processing, VITRONIC developed the so-called Machine Vision (OPC MV) Part 1 Companion Specification together with nine other companies under the umbrella of the VDMA Robotics + Automation trade association. This enables the functionalities of vision systems to be addressed manufacturer-independently and integrated on the IT side.

First complete implementation of the Machine Vision specification

The concrete reference to practice will be presented at this year's SPS in Nuremberg: At the OPC Foundation booth, the four project partners ASENTICS, PEER Group, Robert Bosch Manufacturing Solutions and VITRONIC will demonstrate the simultaneous interaction of several clients with image processing systems from different suppliers using a hardware demonstrator. In addition to switching between clients, different use case scenarios can also be selected. The demonstrator establishes an infrastructure layer that enables a simplified and uniform integration of different image processing systems into higher-level IT production systems (PLC, SCADA, MES, ERP, Cloud, ...). Furthermore, it demonstrates the manufacturer-independent control of a vision system using the abstraction of the system behavior defined in the OPC UA specification.

"We are very pleased to have reached another milestone in the realization of Industry 4.0 with this project", says Carsten Born, Development Machine Vision Platform, VITRONIC. "Through standardization, we not only facilitate data exchange and networking at the automation level - we also reduce the integration effort for components and systems and thus enable a more flexible use of vision systems.

"The OPC Machine Vision Companion Specification is the result of the collaboration of an international group of experts. With the development of the hardware demonstrator, we have shown how seamless vertical communication between the different levels of the automation pyramid can be. This marks the beginning of the era of a truly 'connected factory'," explains Suprateek Banerjee, VDMA Robotik + Automation.

Learn more and visit us from 26th to 28th November 2019 at the SPS 2019 in Nuremberg at the booth of the OPC Foundation: Hall 5 Booth 140.


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