At Hannover Messe 2019, seven leading suppliers from mechanical engineering, industrial automation and software announced the foundation of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance. Through this cooperation, the companies aim to overcome proprietary solutions and boost the digital transformation of industry in Europe and further afield.
The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance aims to create a standardised and open ecosystem for the digitalisation of industrial production facilities.
Founding members of the alliance are Beckhoff, Endress+Hauser, Hilscher, ifm, KUKA, Multivac and SAP. In principle, the alliance is open to all companies. Balluff, Gebhardt, Pepperl+Fuchs, Schmidtsche Schack, Samson and WIKA have already joined the alliance as members. All companies are mutually committed to the creation of a standardised and open ecosystem for the operation of highly automated factories and process plants with the integration of logistics and services.
Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group, said, “The open architecture of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance meets all the requirements of the process industry. It is based on standards, ensures transparency across all business processes, and guarantees the integrity of the systems. This enables process plant operators to leverage the potential of digitalisation.”
The alliance members are planning to realise a so-called Open Industry 4.0 Framework based on existing standards such as I/O Link, OPC UA and RAMI, for the entire route from objects in the workshop to services. Customers can choose from a modular system of compatible and scalable solution and service components.
The connection to the SAP software portfolio supports the integration of a company’s business processes as well as collaboration with partners across company boundaries. The open architecture allows for simple connection of further system landscapes.
More information about the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance is soon to be published at www.openindustry4.com