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OPC 40540 UA for Additive Manufacturing

The future OPC 40540 for Additive Manufacturing is based on OPC UA for Machine Tools interface and will take some technological peculiarities into account

The future OPC UA inter­face for Addit­ive Man­u­fac­tur­ing (UA4AM) is inten­ded to facil­it­ate the exchange of inform­a­tion between an AM machine and soft­ware sys­tems such as MES, SCADA, ERP or data ana­lys­is sys­tems — like OPC 40501 for machine tools.

This will enable addit­ive man­u­fac­tur­ing machines from dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers to be effi­ciently integ­rated into exist­ing and new pro­duc­tion land­scapes. AM-spe­cif­ic fea­tures such as just-in-time, on-site and high flex­ib­il­ity in pro­duc­tion net­works are sup­por­ted in this way. The dis­tri­bu­tion and suc­cess­ful use of addit­ive man­u­fac­tur­ing in industry will be pro­moted in this way.

The spe­cific­a­tion will cov­er a sim­il­ar range of use cases as OPC 40501 already does for machine tools. Fur­ther AM-spe­cif­ic para­met­ers such as job and com­pon­ent char­ac­ter­ist­ics, mater­i­al and con­sum­able prop­er­ties and the mater­i­al cycle will be made avail­able at the inter­faces of the systems.

The OPC 40540 and VDMA 40540 was ini­ti­ated by a sub-work­ing group of the VDMA Work­ing Group Addit­ive Man­u­fac­tur­ing with around 200 par­ti­cip­at­ing companies.

Where­as in the VDMA Work­ing Group Addit­ive Man­u­fac­tur­ing the entire pro­cess chain is rep­res­en­ted the scope of the first ver­sion of UA4AM are inter­faces of the print­ing sys­tems only.