EUROMAP 77 - Faster and more flexible data exchange
Control system and software developers from a number of leading injection moulding machine manufacturers met at Arburg in Lossburg on 6 and 7 October 2015. The 14 members of the working group made good progress on developing the Euromap 77 interface. The aim is to create a uniform interface for the exchange of data between injection moulding machines and the production management system (MES) and to make digital communication compatible with Industry 4.0.
"As the leading international injection moulding machine manufacturers, we have decided on the UPC UA application protocol for all communication between machines and the production management system (MES). We have made significant progress with the development of Euromap 77. The next step will be to build the associated data model," explained Michael Vieth, Group Manager for Control Technology and Industry 4.0 expert at Arburg.
The new Euromap 77 interface will enable even faster and more efficient data exchange between injection moulding machines and host computers, paving the way for the widespread use of Industry 4.0 in the plastics processing industry. Another advantage over Euromap 63, which is to be replaced, is greater flexibility. As well as standard machines, in future it will also be possible to incorporate multi-component and rotary table machines, as well as individual injection units as required.
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