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New partner for umati: verlinked GmbH

September 2020
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Author: vdw_schuetz
Company: umati - an initiative by VDW and VDMA
New partner for umati: verlinked GmbH

 

The umati community is growing by one more member verlinked GmbH.

The verlinked GmbH develops software solutions for the acquisition and integration of machine data. The verlinked connect gateway is one such software solution for machine data acquisition. This data gateway is extremely flexible and can read out data from machines of different manufacturers and suppliers through a variety of plugins. The biggest challenge for verlinked GmbH has always been that customers use very different machines and systems, but they all want to network them centrally. With the connect-Gateway the problem of data acquisition is solved on the one hand, but also the problem of integration. The gateway can convert captured data into any other formats and protocols and thus become a universal data translator.

As an integration partner, verlinked GmbH goes one step further than data acquisition. Together with the customer, the software engineers at verlinked GmbH develop advanced systems that work with the captured data. This ranges from the visualization of the data to the evaluation of key figures and the development of digitalized assistance systems.


What expectations do you have of umati, what do you expect from the partnership?

We believe in the strength of standards. Together with our customers, we invest a lot of effort in solving technical problems that only arise because every manufacturer uses different formats and protocols. We want to help to counteract this proliferation. Through the partnership, we can apply the new standards at first hand and help shape them with our expertise.

What advantages does umati offer your company and your customers?

Among other things, our products enable us to convert older existing systems to OPC-UA and umati with a digital retrofit. Thus, these machines can also be integrated into the digital factory according to umati standards. So we make the machines technologically fit for the umati standards. You don't have to reinvent the wheel, because this also works as a subsequent update. This way our customer can offer the latest connectivity without necessarily having to adapt the machine. Last but not least, we expect the creation of uniform data standards based on OPC-UA to give a boost to new customer solutions that can now be implemented more cost-effectively. The issue of connectivity and access to data should simply no longer be an obstacle.

How do you assess the extension of the umati initiative to the entire mechanical engineering industry?

We welcome this expansion. The different areas of mechanical engineering can thus learn from each other. In this way, efforts to achieve better standards will be further stimulated, since everyone can see what might already be possible in other areas.

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