Robotic armOpen is a big word this year. Last month, Microsoft, Adobe and SAP spelled out more details on their Open Data Initiative. This month, Microsoft and European companies announced separate open manufacturing alliances at Hanover Messe 2019. 

Open Industry 4.0 Alliance was launched by SAP and six other founding companies for the mechanical engineering, industrial automation and software industries. Meanwhile, Microsoft and the BWW Group introduced the Open Manufacturing Platform, designed for participants what was automotive market and what was described as “broader manufacturing segments” to accelerate industrial IoT developments. The goals sound related. Members of the Open Industry group endorse an open ecosystem and commit to using an Open Industry 4.0 Alliance Framework to achieve interoperability. The alliance targets having 80 percent of the machines in a smart factory to speak the same language. The Alliance offers four modules—Device Connectivity, Edge, Operator Cloud, and Cloud Central—along with an associated service offering. First proofs of concept were completed in 2018 with adaptable and flexible matrix production at KUKA, a founding member. The plan is to produce additional proofs of concept from members and customers by midyear with founding members preparing first results in the second half. OMP is built on the Microsoft Azure industrial IoT cloud platform and intends to provide members with “a reference architecture with open source components based on open industrial standards and an open data model. The BMW Group IoT platform, built on Microsoft technologies, has more than  3,000 connected machines, robots and autonomous transport systems. BMW will contribute relevant initial use cases to the OMP community.

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