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New Collaborations Update

    Standardization of Information for Commercial Professional Kitchens

    The HKI Industrieverband Haus-, Heiz- und Küchentechnik e.V. and the OPC Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Stuttgart as part of the HKI Forum “Profi-Kitchen: standardized, optimized, networked.” The signatories were Andreas Helm, the representative of the HKI Working Group Communication and Head of the Association of Large Kitchen Appliances in the HKI Industry Association of Households, Heating and Kitchen Appliances, and Stefan Hoppe, Global Vice President of the OPC Foundation.

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    VDMA Robotics Partners with OPC Foundation

    VDMA’s Robotics Division and the OPC Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop an OPC UA Robotics Companion Specification as part of the VDMA conference “Industrie 4.0 – Standards in Applications” that was held on February 1, 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany.

    A decision was made that the best way from the robotics manufacturers perspective to achieve the realization of machine to machine (M2M) communication necessary for Industrie 4.0 would be to leverage the extensive infrastructure of OPC UA.

    One of the key elements of OPC UA is to provide a rich service-oriented architecture (SOA) that allows easy information integration between machines and robotic equipment at a horizontal and vertical level. OPC UA is well positioned and has been internationally recognized as the standard for providing complete discovery and information integration services from the sensor to the cloud. The robotics manufacturers will benefit from the OPC UA technology to be seamlessly plugged into previously disconnected devices and applications.

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