Founded in 2019 under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation, the Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP) is both a member alliance and community. Together, collaborating in working groups, members define and use a common open data model, influence existing and future standards, and build open solutions to solve common problems.
The Manufacturing Reference Architecture Working Group will define architectural blueprints, diagrams, whitepapers and descriptions demonstrating how different technological components fit together to provide a solution. It may contain qualitative descriptions of each component as well as schematic blocks. For example, a reference architecture component could identify and define patterns for data ingestion or deployment between the cloud and the edge. At the same time, it may also explore new business models, such as an architectural framework to operate securely and self-determined on shared industrial data platforms. The working group will embrace pre-existing open reference architectures from across the industry and will have a tight integration with the other OMP Working Groups.
Connecting IoT devices and machines to the cloud is one of the first steps in digitizing production lines. This is a fundamental requirement for systematic and continuous access, bundling and processing of data from the shop floor. It enables the use of cloud-connected industrial IoT applications. Modern IoT devices and machines can be connected via the OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) while special challenges occur for historically developed legacy systems with their various standards and interfaces. The working group IoT Connectivity defines and develops industrial-grade integration solutions for green and brownfield equipment based on a modern edge and cloud approach. The goal is a seamless integration of new production equipment independent of its intended use and technical characteristics.
The number of components that produce data and applications that consume data is steadily growing in the manufacturing environment. More and more frequently the stream of data does not stop at plant boundaries – IIoT software developers and mechanical engineers are just as interested in production data as machine operators onsite. A common basis is essential in order to ease communication within this growing ecosystem of hardware, software and people.
In this Working Group a Semantic Data Structuring Layer shall be developed that addresses the needs to share, join and reuse heterogeneous data of the manufacturing domain by applying common semantics for various stakeholders through comprehensive semantic data homogenization and by conveying manufacturing data along with contextual information.
The results of this working group will enable also other OMP working groups in defining semantic models for their applications.
With the evolvement of industry 4.0, robot and cloud technology autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs) play a decisive role in the digitalization of manufacturing plants across all industries. They not only find their way independently within a specific realm, communicate with other IoT devices such as barrier gates but they also provide the link to the logistics and manufacturing systems. This needs to be set up, orchestrated, and operated by the employees on the shopfloor in order to leverage the full benefit of digitalization.
Hence, the working group ATS Core services defines and develops logistics core services to setup, execute and monitor transportation orders carried out by various types of autonomous robots (AGVs, tucker trains, smart forklifts). In addition, the working group provides the APIs to connect all types of robots to the core services, provide the link to the logistics and manufacturing systems, the maintenance systems and connect the robots to other IoT devices.
OMP Member Alliance
The OMP member alliance includes three membership tiers: the steering committee, associates, and contributors. The heart of the OMP is collaborative working groups. All members may propose working group priorities, as well as contribute and consume code, reference architectures, ideas, publications, and other output. Members must apply, sign a contract, and pay membership fees. At the highest tier is the steering committee which provides overall governance and strategic direction.