Our vision is that machines and plants are able to be integrated in an IT-Infrastructure similar to USB-devices in a PC. The only difference is that the frame conditions and regulations are more complex than in a PC.
The AutomationML-Consortium also pursues this vision with the goal to implement a standardised solution for a vendor-independent data exchange. The goal of the standard is to develop a neutral data format in order to bridge the today existing gap between the digital factory and automation planning tools. The complex data exchange technology AutomationML specifies a series of rules for syntactical and semantical conformity and narrows the usage and application with the help of textual specifications.
This is how a software-based Plug and Work should become reality in future production.
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