EMO Hannover is the world’s most important show for the metalworking industry. Held every alternate year, the trade fair offers an insight into the latest technological happenings in the industry and this year is no different. At EMO 2019, visitors can witness the live demonstration of the universal machine tool interface - umati which has recently gained huge popularity amongst industry players. More than 50 companies from seven different countries will be participating at the live demo to showcase the advantages of this unique solution.
umati (universal machine tool interface) is the brainchild of VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association). It is a universal machine tool interface which is based on an OPC UA companion specification. OPC UA is considered to be the most ideal communication platform for different industrial devices due to its open data model. umati is capable of realising specific mapping from customers or manufacturers and also carrying out transformation of parameters through standardised configurations.
The umati project was initially announced in 2017 at EMO Hannover following which 17 companies joined the team namely Chiron, DMG MORI, Emag, GF Machining Solutions, GROB-WERKE, Heller, Liebherr-Verzahntechnik, Pfiffner, Trumpf, United Grinding Group, Beckhoff, Fanuc, Heidenhain, Rexroth, Siemens, and ISW – University Stuttgart.
With a keen focus on Industry 4.0, this year at EMO, VDW will be presenting a live demonstration of the path-breaking innovation for the global manufacturing industry. Around 50 plus companies from seven different countries such as Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Japan, Austria and Taiwan will connect machines or value-added services as part of the demonstration. In addition to the 17 partners, some of the other companies participating at this demo include Adamos, Alfred H. Schütte, DVS Technology Group, Elha-Maschinenbau Liemke, Vollmer Werke, Guiseppe Giana, Makino Milling Machine, Okuma Corporation, Toshiba Machine, Yamazaki Mazak, Emco Maier, Agathon, Precitrame, Danobat, Nicolas Correa, etc.
According to an EMO press release, Dr. Alexander Broos, umati project manager & Head of Research and Technology at VDW states, “umati represents a quantum leap in the implementation of Industry 4.0 in production. The use of a standardised interface will give machine tool users and their customers a whole new dimension of benefits.”
EMO is the world’s premier trade fair for the metalworking industry and is scheduled to be held from September 16 – 21, 2019 in Hannover, Germany. The theme for this year is ‘Smart technologies driving tomorrow’s production’ and it will exhibit the latest machines, efficient technical solutions, product-supportive services, sustainability in the production process, and much, much more. EMO visitors come from all major sectors of the 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.