IDTA sets industry standard
for digital twin

With the AAS (Asset Administration Shell), the IDTA (Industrial Digital Twin Association) is setting an industry standard for the Digital Twin. This standardization simplifies the digitization of the machine in the form of a Digital Twin and makes it accessible to every company. In addition, the standardization of IDTA offers a lot of potential for extensions, management and scaling of digital applications.

As a member of IDTA, Transaction-Network implements this standard on the customer platform. The Digital Twin in particular, as one of the key competencies for greater success in the digital age, benefits from standardization through the AAS developed by ITDA.

IDTA and AAS –
Digitization in the industry

The IDTA refers to a productive association that establishes, develops and shapes Industry 4.0 standards. IDTA members present a who’s who of the industry. Among them are hidden talents as well as well-known large companies. The aim of IDTA, founded in 2013, is to introduce and further develop Industry 4.0.

With the AAS, IDTA has created an important structure that is a series of sub-models. This makes it possible to describe all data and functionalities of an asset, such as characteristics, properties, states, parameters, measurement data and capabilities. Thus, the ASS can be used to map the entire product lifecycle of an asset. In addition, the IDTA’s AAS enables the use of various communication channels as well as applications and connects objects to the digital world.

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The implementation of the IDTA standard
by Transaction-Network

As a member of IDTA, AAS also forms the technological basis for the Digital Twin at Transaction-Network. This gives the Digital Twin a standard that is accessible to both users and manufacturers. At Transaction-Network, the AAS forms a technological foundation that contains all the necessary semantic descriptions and offers potential for modular extensions and scaling.

The integration of the AAS is done via the AAS Registry. It is a part of the Transaction-Network infrastructure. This allows customers to connect the AAS to their existing systems. Data from the administration shell can also be accessed and updated from there. The data is also visible in the customer portal on the machine details page. Thus, a management shell is automatically generated and continuously updated for each asset on the portal. A download of the management shell for each asset is possible as an AASx file. The AAS Registry is thus considered an important interface between customers’ systems and IDTA’s AAS. With the help of this application, the IDTA standard can be easily established.

With our practical implementation in the form of TN AAS Integration, we are an ‘AAS enabler’ even for machine builders who are not yet so intensively involved with the standard for the digital twin.

Matthias Maier, CTO of Transaction-Network

How Transaction-Network supports the implementation of IDTA standards

Through TN AAS integration, we enable you to automate the generation of the management shell via the Transaction-Network platform. With this, we create an easy start into the world of the Digital Twin.

In addition, we take care of the complete infrastructure and hosting, providing a highly available AAS registry.

Via the AAS Registry you can automatically access and download all management shells for your machines by means of interfaces (API).


The AAS of the IDTA –
the Digital Twin is standardized

The ASS created by the IDTA sees itself as the basis of the Digital Twin. IDTA has thus provided one of the key technologies of Industry 4.0 with cross-manufacturer industry standards that simplify the introduction of the Digital Twin and make it possible for everyone. In this way, the Digital Twin promises value creation from cross-manufacturer exchange of information with industry-neutral standards. This is because it contains all the information that characterizes the behaviors of an asset. Through the management shell designed by IDTA, the Digital Twin technology is possible for any company and can contribute to optimized operations through digital applications. Thus, IDTA’s AAS sets a new and industry-independent standard.

Standards of the IDTA – the advantages at a glance

Industry standards of the Digital Twin promise easy implementation in the enterprise.

IDTA’s AAS makes the Digital Twin accessible to all.

Companies can benefit from the optimized processes through the Digital Twin regardless of their industry.

Digitization is easy to implement by maintaining standards.


Practical applications of AAS

Digital nameplate: IDTA’s AAS makes it possible to prepare and provide information in a structured manner through its partial models. This goes through the digital nameplate, which is considered the digitization of data about the machine in paper form. Via a QR code, all stored information can be quickly and easily scanned and viewed digitally. In this way, information about the product can be transported from the manufacturer to the customer in accordance with global labeling requirements in a user-friendly and legally secure manner and can be updated at any time.

Onboarding of operators:Both onboarding and training of operators can be simplified by the industry standard of IDTA. This is because the AAS supports the exchange of master data, which drives the automation of processes.

Insight into machine data: IDTA enables manufacturers to gain an in-depth overview of data even while machines are in operation. This is because data from operations can be shared and used across companies through the AAS. This allows conclusions to be drawn about product improvements, thereby increasing the performance and service life of the assets.