ZF Friedrichshafen Joins Open Manufacturing Platform 

ZF Friedrichshafen Joins Open Manufacturing Platform 

ZF Joins Open Manufacturing Platform 
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Aimed at accelerating and scaling the development of manufacturing applications, ZF Friedrichshafen joined Open Manufacturing platform announced by BMW and Microsoft in 2019

ZF Friedrichshafen AG has announced to join the Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP) that aims to enable faster as well as more cost efficient innovations in the manufacturing sector. The OMP technology framework and community are designed to nurture the development of smart-factory solutions across the sector. Sharing knowledge and utilising industrial use cases and sample code, OMP members will be empowered to simplify and accelerate the development of their own services and solutions.

The OMP addresses the needs of the entire industry – for instance with regard to data connection of machines and systems or system integration. This means that manufacturers, suppliers, and their partner companies do not need to build new software from scratch but can build on existing components. One example is the integration of functions with which autonomous transport systems can be co-ordinated regardless of the manufacturer.

The OMP aims to provide community members with a reference architecture with open source components based on open industrial standards. The approach is designed to standardise industrial data models to accelerate analytics and machine learning scenarios by unlocking the access to data that used to be stored in proprietary systems. The OMP will be compatible with existing Industry 4.0 reference architecture, leveraging the industrial interoperability standard OPC UA. The community members retain full control over their data.

Dr. Jürgen Sturm, Head of IT at ZF, said the OMP is a key-enabler at the company to further develop its digital manufacturing capabilities to cover current and future requirements to reach the next level of I4.0 maturity.