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SurfaceTechnology GERMANY, 27 - 29 October 2020
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Networked production on focus

VDMA Surface Technology

Both at this year's information stand and in the forum of the international trade fair for surfaces technology, VDMA experts will provide information on important key topics and current developments in the industry. The focus will be on OPC UA and LABS conformity.

Digitization in surface technology

VDMA Joint Stand
VDMA Joint Stand (Photo: VDMA)

OPC UA is an open interface standard that defines the mechanisms of cooperation in the industrial environment. It enables to digitally network the production in the mechanical engineering sector. Machines and plants can thus be redesigned as required via plug & work - regardless of the manufacturer of the machines and components in production. Together with its member companies, the VDMA develops OPC UA Companion Specifications, also for the surface technology sector.

The aim is to provide the user with standardized machine and process data and to significantly reduce the integration effort of these machines into a production process.

"In addition to many other industries, surface technology companies are also intensively involved in the digitization of their products. Deutsche Messe AG is a partner of the initiative and supports us in shaping the future of surface technology in terms of production."

Dr. Martin Riester, Technical manager of VDMA sector department Surface Technology.

The VDMA is coordinating the activities of currently 26 working groups that define cross-industry machine-to-machine communication. OPC UA Companion Specifications have already been published for some machine types, and others are currently being developed.

"The critical mass of companies that support OPC UA is now sufficient to consider OPC UA as the basis for the factory of the future."

Andreas Faath, Project Manager Machine Communication at VDMA

For the second World Interoperability Conference (WIC), on April 20 at the HANNOVER MESSE 2020, a significant increase in the number of participants, which was already high at WIC 2019, is expected. The conference is organized by the VDMA together with partners such as the OPC Foundation and Deutsche Messe AG.

LABS guide

The guideline for the specifciation VDMA 24364 " Testing for paint wetting impairment substances (LABS-conformity)" was first published in 2018 and established at international level in very short time. Due to the high demand, an English and a Spanish language version is available in addition to the German version.

VDMA 24364 describes requirements for the testing of products for paint wetting impairing substances (LABS) based on a classification related to the intended use of the product. The VDMA LABS guide provides information on the practical implementation of the test and describes measures for LABS-compliant production.

At the SurfaceTechnology GERMANY 2020 in Stuttgart from 16 to 18 June 2020, VDMA specialists will be available on the subject and look forward to a lively exchange with interested trade visitors.

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