EUROMAP 79: Development of Industry 4.0-compatible interface for injection moulding machines and robots
Leading European injection moulding machine manufacturers and suppliers of automation solutions have now held their sixth meeting for the development of the new EUROMAP 79 interface. It took place on 13 September 2016 at Bernecker + Rainer Industrie-Elektronik Ges.m.b.H. in Eggelsberg, Austria.
EUROMAP 79 aims to provide a standard, manufacturer-independent interface between injection moulding machines and robots. To make it compatible with Industry 4.0, it will use a software interface based on OPC UA instead of the hardware plug-in connector commonly used up until now. This will give it increased functionality and greater flexibility to meet the demands made by today’s more complex production plants.
While the interface’s basic functionality was agreed at previous meetings, the latest session discussed its modelling and implementation in OPC UA in greater detail. One thing to be decided was which status signals will be exchanged as well as, for example, the methods to be used to prevent collisions on production start-up. Another major factor was the transmission of complete data sets to facilitate the automation process.
The working group’s next meeting will be held on 13 December 2016 at Beckhoff in Verl, Germany.
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