By placing the interest of customers at the heart of their business, seven world leaders in woodworking machinery, BIESSE, BÜRKLE, HOMAG, IMA SCHELLING, SCM, WEBER and WEINIG, have worked together as a team in defining a standardized interface to connect all their woodworking machines, machine to machine, and machines to the customers’ Manufacturing Execution Systems.
Consequently, no individual interfaces need to be programmed and an overall control of the production process is readily put in place. The project has been named izy, inspired by universal languages, and it has solved a communication problem in an easy and streamlined way.
One of the advantages provided by Woodworking made izy’s common language, for both machine manufacturers and machine users, is the significant reduction of time required in the process of connecting the technologies: instead of having to develop several individual interfaces, which demand weeks of technical expertise to create tailored software and interface, customers can now benefit from the collective effort of the 7 leaders who have worked together over the past 3 years, providing skills and know how, from technical, engineering to marketing, and interacting for the very first time in an interconnected system for the sheer beauty of offering a solution needed by their customers.
The opportunity of offering the market a choice, is just another benefit: small and medium, up to large sized woodworking companies, can select any technology that best fits their requirements, without being bound to just one brand, since the standardized interface easily connects all the machines.
Woodworking made izy is based on the Open Platform Communication Unified Architecture (OPC UA) standard, which is a series of specifications developed by industry companies, end-users, and software developers. These specifications define the interface between Clients and Servers, as well as Servers and Servers, including access to real-time data, monitoring events, access to historical data, and other applications.
Umati (Universal Machine Technology Interface – umati.org) have cooperated in the process, bringing together machine builders and users and therefore creating a community of industries by promoting universal standards across many sectors, including – with this project – that of woodworking.
The European Associations have endorsed and sponsored Woodworking made izy, with Eumabois, VDMA, VDW and Acimall who have facilitated and encouraged the process over the past years.
The 7 member companies will be introducing Woodworking made izy on their booths at the forthcoming IWF Atlanta #1 woodworking show in North America, next August 23-26.
For further details please write to https://www.izywoodworking.com
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International Woodworking Fair
August 6–9, 2024
8:30 AM–5:00 PM
8:30 AM–2:00 PM
Georgia World Congress Center
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Atlanta, GA 30313