Digitalization & Industrie 4.0
Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning: The digital transformation has long since arrived in mechanical engineering. However, the associated dynamics repeatedly present every company with the challenge of recognizing and successfully exploiting existing digitization potential.

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"OPC UA ensures the interoperability of machines and systems, which can be linked and redesigned as required via Plug & Work - platform-independent and cross-manufacturer."

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More than 90 percent of the survey participants for whom OPC UA is of high importance have already implemented interfaces or will implement them in the future.

Source: VDMA-Studie "Interoperabilität im Maschinen- und Anlagenbau" 2021

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