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umati has new partner Beeond, Inc.

Beeond, Inc. is now part of the umati community

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

“We see the umati organ­iz­a­tion as the con­duit between organ­iz­a­tions that have com­mon interest and who want to stay cur­rent with tech­no­logy advance­ments in the mar­ket.  We expect that umati will help us com­mu­nic­ate the value we bring, with our EdgeX­Con­nect con­fig­ur­able OPC UA Serv­er, to its mem­bers enabling them to adopt the latest tech­no­logy that sup­port the umati stand­ard,” com­ments Stan Brubaker, Pres­id­ent of Beeond, Inc. 

What advant­ages does umati offer your com­pany and your cus­tom­ers? 

“The work done by the joint umati OPC UA work­ing group, (VDW, the Ger­man machine tool build­ers’ asso­ci­ation, and the OPC Found­a­tion) has pro­duced an OPC UA Com­pan­ion Spe­cific­a­tion that func­tions as a com­mu­nic­a­tions stand­ard that all machine tool equip­ment vendors should adopt as it provides the bene­fits of lower cost of integ­ra­tion for their cus­tom­ers.  The umati stand­ard enables soft­ware vendors, like Beeond, to offer an easy to deploy OPC UA Serv­er soft­ware solu­tion that sup­ports the stand­ard and removes the adop­tion hurdle for machine tool vendors so they real­ize the bene­fits of the stand­ard and can pass that bene­fit along to their cus­tom­ers,” com­ments Stan Brubaker. 

How do you eval­u­ate the expan­sion of the umati ini­ti­at­ive to the entire mech­an­ic­al engin­eer­ing industry? 

“Man­u­fac­tur­ers have been com­plain­ing for dec­ades about the high cost of integ­rat­ing products and sys­tems from vari­ous vendors because there was no industry-wide data inter­op­er­ab­il­ity stand­ard. So, about 15 years ago, the OPC Found­a­tion star­ted work­ing on OPC UA, a uni­ver­sal data inter­op­er­ab­il­ity and com­mu­nic­a­tions stand­ard. OPC UA meets all the Indus­trie 4.0 require­ments and enables organ­iz­a­tions such as umati to pro­duce a com­mon machine tool inform­a­tion mod­el that when deployed, will lower cost of deploy­ment of new machines in their plants,” remarks Stan Brubaker. 

About Beeond 

Beeond, Inc. is a soft­ware com­pany that provides Equip­ment OEMs, Tech­no­logy Vendors, Sys­tem Integ­rat­ors and End Users with soft­ware products to quickly enable their products and sys­tems with the OPC UA inter­op­er­ab­il­ity stand­ard.  Beeond’s product, EdgeX­Con­nectTM, is an off-the-shelf, con­fig­ur­able No-Code OPC UA Serv­er that exposes edge device data to oth­er sys­tems. EdgeX­Con­nect sup­ports all the exist­ing OPC UA Com­pan­ion Spe­cific­a­tions provid­ing users a totally con­fig­ur­able, flex­ible, and eas­ily main­tained solu­tion that con­trol engin­eers can quickly deploy, lower­ing cost of deploy­ment and ongo­ing main­ten­ance for their cus­tom­ers. 

About EdgeX­Con­nectTM – The Con­fig­ur­able No-Code OPC UA Serv­er 

EdgeX­Con­nect is a con­fig­ur­able No-Code OPC UA Serv­er that runs on Linux or Win­dows plat­forms, sup­ports all exist­ing OPC UA Com­pan­ion Spe­cific­a­tions help­ing machine tool vendors to eas­ily enable their products and sys­tems with OPC UA and the umati inform­a­tion mod­el. 

  • Who can bene­fit from EdgeX­Con­nect? 
  • Equip­ment OEMs, Tech­no­logy Vendors, Sys­tem Integ­rat­ors and End Users who: 
  • Want to sup­port OPC UA and their industry’s OPC UA Com­pan­ion Spe­cific­a­tion. 
  • Want to Buy (not devel­op) an OPC UA Serv­er that is quickly deployed. 
  • Do not have the time, resources, or budget to devel­op an OPC UA Serv­er. 
  • Do not have exper­i­ence devel­op­ing OPC UA serv­ers. 
  • EdgeX­Con­nect Key Fea­tures 
  • Expose edge device data through con­fig­ur­a­tion – no soft­ware devel­op­ment required 
  • Use exist­ing OPC UA Com­pan­ion Specs or cre­ate new Inform­a­tion Mod­els 
  • Con­fig­ure the links between the OPC UA Inform­a­tion Mod­el and the Edge Device I/O 
  • Lib­rary of Plug-In Adapters for com­mon Edge Device pro­to­cols or cre­ate your own Adapter. 
  • Runs on Win­dows or Linux sys­tems (ARM, X86)