VDMA Metallurgy / Foundry Machinery: Die casting industry on the way to intelligent machine-to machine communication using OPC UA

The die casting industry is gearing up for Industry 4.0 and, based on the Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture (OPC UA) standard, is developing an open communication interface for the die casting cell and the connected equipment and sub


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Under the leadership of the VDMA and CEMAFON, an international working group was formed to standardize a sustainable interface for the processes within die casting cells and for the exchange of information between the components of the cell and systems outside, based on the OPC UA standard for production machines (OPC 40001-1, UA CS for Machinery - Basic Building Blocks, V1.03), which is currently undergoing dynamic further development.

These cross-manufacturer information models then form the interfaces between components, machines and plants as so-called Companion Specifications (CS). The goal of the working groups is to define a standard for the HPDC cell that can be industrialized as quickly as possible and implemented with today's technology. This standard will then be applied to the subcomponents and their detailed requirements and published as further Companion Specification (CS).

The releases of the first modules of the standard: "HPDC Machine Identification", " HPDC Machine Status" and "HPDC Alarms + Warnings" are scheduled for summer 2023.

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At the VDMA booth (Hall 9/C54), Dr. Kai Kerber, Oskar Frech GmbH + Co.KG, will provide information on the current status of the OPC UA CS Initiative HPDC "OPC UA Interface Standard for Die Casting - Status, Current Work and Future" (Wednesday, June 14, 3:30 - 4:45 pm).

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