New Open Manufacturing Platform member

16 December 2020

OptimalPlus, part of NI, has joined the Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP) – a consortium led by BMW, Microsoft, ZF, Bosch and ABInBev – which aims to help manufacturers employ advanced technologies to gain greater operational efficiencies and factory output.

The OMP’s goals include creating a ‘Manufacturing Reference Architecture’ for platform-agnostic, cloud-based data collection, management, analytics and other applications. This framework will provide a standard way to connect to IoT devices on equipment and define a semantic layer that unifies data across disparate data sources. All in all, this has the potential to create a rich, open-source ecosystem that enables faster and easier adoption of smart manufacturing technologies.

Standardised data formats accelerate the adoption of big data and machine learning, creating a universal translator between multiple machine and process types. 

OptimalPlus brings to OMP its domain expertise in automotive manufacturing processes and is able to provide production companies with actionable insights and adaptive methods from its big data analytics platform. 

“We’re honoured to be invited to join the prestigious Open Manufacturing Platform, which plays a key role in helping manufacturers all over the world innovate,” said Uzi Baruch, VP of NI’s Transportation business unit. “With pressure mounting to ensure quality and prevent faulty parts from shipping, it’s important that manufacturers have access to the transformative powers of AI, machine learning and big data analytics. We’re excited to collaborate with industry leaders in the OMP consortium to help manufacturers evolve and optimise their processes.” 

AI and advanced analytics help to streamline manufacturing, reduce costs and improve quality, reliability and safety. OMP makes it easier for manufacturers to deploy this technology across their operations and fulfil the promise of smart manufacturing.

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