First plugfest of the glass technology group in cooperation with umati

In the last weeks the OPC-JWG Glass Technology Initiative in cooperation with umati (universal machine technology interface) organized a virtual Plugfest.

A number of members of the OPC UA for Glass Technology joint working group, established between VDMA and OPC-Foundation, joined the umati community recently. The group organized a plugfest to prototypically validate the implementation of the “OPC 40601–1 UA for Glass Technology Part 1: flat glass” in different applications.

Due to the current pandemic situation, the plugfest had to take place purely virtually. The well-established umati demonstrator infrastructure proved to be very valuable to connect OPC UA servers and clients for testing.

The 8 participating companies provided 7 server and 2 client prototypes, which were used to test the use cases identification and job management.

This represents an important step towards the release of the specification. The public review phase will take place in the first half of 2021 after incorporating the findings from the plugfest.

We welcome the new companies A+W Software, Grenzebach, Lisec, Hegla, Hegla-Hanic and Tecglass amongst our umati partners and thank Siemens for supporting in the Glass Technology group.