Joint consortium standardises Power Consumption Management interface

20 June 2022

A new interface standard for the acquisition of energy consumption data in industrial manufacturing is being developed by ODVA, OPC Foundation, PI, and VDMA based on OPC UA.

A key objective of the future mechanical and plant engineering sectors is to achieve climate-neutral production. This is backed up by the European Union’s ‘European Green Deal’, which aims to make Europe climate-neutral by 2050. To achieve this goal, and to implement many other use cases, energy consumption data in production is an important prerequisite.

ODVA, OPC Foundation, PI, and VDMA founded the ‘Power Consumption Management’ group in May 2022. In this group, the OPC UA interface standard for energy consumption data is being developed.

“The four organisations are working at full speed to harmonise and standardise energy consumption information on the shop floor,” said Andreas Faath, head of VDMA Machine Information Interoperability Department. “With this, a crucial building block, supporting the goal of global climate-neutral production in all sectors of the machinery and plant engineering industry, is under development.”

“Rapid transition to environmentally-sustainable energy use is the greatest challenge of our time and, as such, I am glad that we are proceeding together: PI and ODVA contributing their in-depth know-how on energy interfaces at the field level, with the internationally recognised OPC UA data modelling standard defining semantics and secure data transport, serving as the foundation of the Global Production Language developed by the VDMA”, said Stefan Hoppe, president at the OPC Foundation.

“ODVA is pleased to be an active contributor to this key initiative to optimisze energy usage and thereby reduce the detrimental impact on the environment from waste,” said Dr Al Beydoun, president and executive director at ODVA. “This Power Consumption Management collaboration will help ensure end users have a highly standardised and interoperable means to reach their environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) goals.”

The results of the working group will be published as a new OPC UA specification. Future releases of the OPC UA for Machinery specification will leverage these results, ensuring that energy information from all machines and components on the shop floor can be provided in a standardised way as part of the Global Production Language.

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