3YOURMIND Joins VDMA OPC UA Joint Working Group
BERLIN, Germany, April 12, 2022– 3YOURMIND is proud to announce its membership in the Joint Working Group (JWG) between VDMA and Open Platform Communication Unified Architecture (OPC UA). 3YOURMIND will join 180 leading companies operating in additive manufacturing to help standardize industry practices.
As Germany's premier mechanical engineering organization, VDMA is laying the groundwork for additive manufacturing standardization. The collaboration between VDMA and OPC UA JWG brings together experts across the entire additive manufacturing value chain, including machine manufacturing, materials, pre-and post-processing, and software specialists.
The goal of the OPC UA is to create a standardized, open framework that will enable interoperability based on mechanical engineering requirements, including open-source access, enhanced security, scalability, semantic machine description, and transport mechanisms and protocols.
“For the user, an open platform means bringing together different machines that can be connected to available production locations along the process chain,” says Ranier Gerhardt, advisor to the additive manufacturing working group at VDMA. “And that’s where 3YOURMIND is involved.”
To help achieve this framework, the OPC UA JWG Companion Specifications initiative will leverage 3YOURMIND’s experience as an additive manufacturing workflow automation solution to populate data requirement profiles to help solidify standard data capture practices industry-wide.
“Automated and scalable AM productions require a uniform communication interface between machines and software,” says Karl Patrick Möller, 3YOURMIND’s lead machine connectivity technician and editor of the JWG. “In the Joint Working Group, we are developing this standard to ensure clear data collection, streamlined communication channels, and control of different machine types.”
The VDMA represents more than 3,400 German and European companies in the mechanical engineering industry. The industry stands for innovation, export orientation, and medium-sized businesses. The companies employ around four million people in Europe, more than one million in Germany. Mechanical and plant engineering represents a European turnover volume of approximately 800 billion euros. With a net value-added of around 270 billion euros, it contributes the highest share of the entire manufacturing sector to the European gross domestic product.
3YOURMIND is an on-demand manufacturing software platform that empowers companies to identify and produce parts as needed. OEMs, operating companies, and contract manufacturers can create digital inventories of qualified parts that reduce costs, shorten production lead times, and secure more efficient and agile operations. 3YOURMIND addresses companies' current needs to produce spare parts quickly while enabling advanced manufacturing technologies and data-driven decision-making to create new parts faster, lighter, and with cost-saving potential.