If we share our information technically together, openly and transparently, and open up our platform, digitization can work. It requires the use and integration of industry standards, a common understanding and thus a uniform language. We at Transaction-Network are certain: silo solutions and closed-shop programs are not up to date. They hinder the convergence of IT systems and thus the digitization of your company.
For us, it is therefore a matter of course that we build on industry standards such as the AAS (Asset Administration Shell) of the IDTA (Industrial Digital Twin Association) , OPC UA Companion Specifications, Weihenstephan standards and the reference architecture of the Open Industry Alliance. Therefore, we are actively involved in the committees to shape, define and co-develop these standards.
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With its Asset Administration Shell (AAS), the Industrial Digital Twin Association e.V. (IDTA) is designing an open, technology-independent standard for the digital twin. The AAS consists of a series of submodels that describe all data and functionalities of a specific asset – such as characteristics, properties, states, parameters, measurement data and capabilities. The AAS enables the use of different communication channels as well as applications and connects objects to the networked, digital and decentralized world. With the AAS, IDTA is opening up technology to every business and setting industry standards. IDTA acts as a central point of contact for all stakeholders. Together with partners, customers and competitors, the specifications for interoperability are provided and processes, criteria and tools are defined to create and test the Digital Twin.
Open Industry 4.0 Alliance
The Open Industry Alliance is an alliance of European industrial companies founded in spring 2019 that work in partnership to implement cross-vendor Industrie 4.0 solutions and services. Together, existing standards are used to promote interoperability and with a view to the common goal – to decisively advance Industrie 4.0.
Commenting on joining, Gerd Bart, founder and CEO of Transaction-Network, is pleased to say: “We can only master today’s challenges of digitalization together and on the basis of open architectures. The OI4 Alliance is exactly the right network to master these challenges.”
The Weihenstephan Standards (WS) simplify the networking of plants and production machines in the food and beverage industry with each other by providing a uniform communication interface for the standardized transfer of machine and process data to higher-level IT systems. The Weihenstephan standards help by providing standardized interfaces with easy-to-implement communication standards, clearly defined data points, domain-specific machine profiles and evaluation recommendations. For the transmission of WS data points, the two communication standards WS OPC UA and WS Protocol are available, which define in which form the data is structured and transmitted. For communication in an Industrie 4.0 environment, the Weihenstephan standards rely on OPC UA.
OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) is a standard for data exchange as a platform-independent, service-oriented architecture (SOA). As the latest generation of all Open Platform Communications (OPC) specifications, OPC UA differs significantly from its predecessors, particularly in its ability not only to transport machine data (controlled variables, measured values, parameters, etc.), but also to describe them semantically in a machine-readable manner.