What expectations do you have of umati, what do you expect from the partnership?
The prospect of machines simply working together in the future, regardless of their manufacturer, is one of the greatest expectations for us at umati. For our part, we at FLECS support standardization in industrial automation to significantly reduce complexity in this highly fragmented market. Initiatives like umati are exactly the right way to go.
What advantages does umati offer your company and your customers?
Customers who choose FLECS today already want to break the vendor lock-in without losing their identity and USPs. The large network of partners is a great advantage for us, as we at FLECS rely on contacts machine manufacturers, PLC manufacturers and app providers. For us, umati is a natural extension of our ecosystem.
How do you assess the expansion of the umati initiative to the entire mechanical engineering sector?
From FLECS’ point of view, it is essential that the umati initiative is extended to the entire mechanical engineering sector. We see the problem in all market segments. Particularly with machine operators, machines from all segments come together at the end and must also be able to communicate with each other in a standardized manner. This is certainly a major task that will require a lot of patience. However, we see the potential in umati to establish itself as a standard in the long term. That is why we have decided to enter into a partnership.
About Flecs Technologies GmbH
FLECS offers machine builders the possibility to install, keep up-to-date and directly use hardware independent software programs (apps) and firmware for any automation task quickly and easily.
A wide variety of existing automation solutions are made available as apps via a marketplace. The complexity for providing, extending, updating and maintaining the machine software decreases significantly and is comparable to the use of a smartphone. The digital application scales from smaller controllers to virtual machines on servers.