For geometrical measuring systems (GMS), such as coordinate measuring systems, form and surface measuring machines as well as multi-point measuring machines, a VDMA working group is defining OPC 40210 UA for Geometrical Measuring Systems in coordination with the OPC Foundation. The aim is to provide information for data transfer to and from geometrical measuring systems via a uniform interface that can be used by digital data processing systems such as MES systems.
For geometrical measurement technology, as the “information supplier” on the quality of production, digitalization has a special significance in the interaction with other production systems. This interaction, which is also referred to as interoperability of machines and systems, enables companies to participate in new digital structures and is a basic prerequisite for new digital business models. Through interoperable interfaces, machines from different manufacturers can be efficiently integrated into existing and new production landscapes.