The VDMA Industrial Joining Technologies initiative, launched in May 2019, released Part 1 of the OPC 40451–1 Tightening Companion Specification in 2021, and Part 2 will be released in 2022/2023. As a joint working group, the initiative is organized by VDMA Integrated Assembly Solutions and supported by the OPC Foundation.
The aim of the initiative is to create standard interfaces for joining technologies such as Tightening, Riveting, Gluing, Pressing etc. The first release of the initiative was to cover the specific Tightening use cases along with common elements at the joining level.
The core working group that is developing the specification consists of 15+ experts from 9 companies.