umati Returns at EMO Hannover 2023 Showcasing Global Collaboration and Innovation

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Alexander Broos, Project Lead & Evangelist at the Press Preview.

umati, the universal machine technology interface, is making a triumphant comeback at EMO Hannover 2023, bigger and more comprehensive than ever before. With over 300 partners worldwide, umati is set to demonstrate live how decentralized communication between machines, components, and software is seamlessly achieved, revolutionizing the machine building industry and beyond.

umati, a global initiative, is dedicated to promoting open communication interfaces in the machine building sector and among its customers. By uniting machine builders, software manufacturers, component suppliers, and users, the initiative advocates for the use of open, standardized interfaces based on OPC UA companion specifications. This unified approach ensures identical implementation, fosters knowledge exchange, creates market visibility, and showcases the practical benefits of standardized data interfaces. The umati community has grown significantly, with more than 300 partners now actively participating. Surpassing geographical boundaries, over half of these partners are from outside Germany, solidifying umati’s status as a truly global initiative by companies, for companies. Additionally, 80 percent of these partners are corporate entities, further emphasizing the initiative’s reach and impact. umati stands as the sole initiative providing a live demonstration of concrete data exchange within a shared, globally accessible data ecosystem.

The umati booth in hall 9, F24, will serve as the central point of contact at EMO Hannover. Multiple meet-the-experts sessions will be held daily, enabling interested parties to receive first-hand information from the umati team and representatives of partner companies. These sessions will delve into the background, technology, and advantages of open, standardized data interfaces in mechanical engineering. Visitors will also have the opportunity to experience the maturity of technical solutions through various exhibits. Noteworthy alongside the umati booth are the adjacent booths of the OPC Foundation and the Machine Information Interoperability (MII) department of the VDMA, completing the formidable triad of OPC UA as the base technology, the Global Production Language facilitated by VDMA’s OPC UA companion specifications for various machine and plant engineering technologies, and umati for implementation and marketing.

During the event, participating partner companies will play a pivotal role in the live demonstration by showcasing their machines, components, and software solutions. Exhibitors, including machine tool manufacturers, suppliers of geometric metrology, additive manufacturing, robotics, image processing, and software providers, will be seamlessly connected. Visitors can use a QR code on each connected device to witness how the data flows directly into the umati.app demonstrator application, displayed uniformly alongside data from other devices, making it easily accessible to users. Software providers will have the unique opportunity to integrate themselves into this data flow and exhibit the advantages of their products directly, utilizing real data from the machine pool at EMO Hannover. The umati presentation will be complemented by networking events, information sessions, and active social media engagement through platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn.

For more information, interested parties can contact Dr. Alexander Broos, Head of the Research and Technology Department at VDW, and Managing Director of VDW Research Institute, at a.broos@vdw.de or by phone at +49 69 756081-17.

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