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UniversalAutomation.Org welcomes new members

17 April 2023

INDEPENDANT, NOT-for-profit association managing the implementation of an industrial automation shared runtime execution engine to decouple the application software from the hardware on which it executes, UniversalAutomation.org (UAO), has welcomed new members to the organisation at this year’s Hannover Messe.

Analog Devices, Armony System, Edith Cowan University, KPI Automation, Master Systèmes, Odot and Westcon become the newest members to drive further development of the ecosystem of portable, interoperable, “plug and produce” solutions.

At Hannover Messe UAO will present a next generation universal automation demonstration where the same application can run on multiple hardware independently of the manufacturer. This is made possible thanks to the shared runtime execution engine managed and further developed by UAO members. All entities looking to help advance industrial automation are encouraged to join.

UniversalAutomation.org will drive the development of a vendor-agnostic ecosystem of portable and interoperable “plug and produce” software that can run with UAO-compliant hardware. By decoupling software and hardware, sharing a reference runtime implementation of the IEC 61499 standard, and merging the information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) worlds, the organisation seeks to create an entirely new category of industrial automation devices and unleash the full potential of Industry 4.0.

A universal future

“It is a pleasure to welcome Analog Devices, Armony System, Edith Cowan University, KPI Automation, Master Systèmes, Odot and Westcon as the latest additions to our growing industry network,” said John Conway, president of UniversalAutomation.org. “The foundation of our work relies on industry collaboration; it is only together that we can implement a shared runtime and shape the future of the industry.”

"Armony System implements innovative digital solutions for industries and infrastructures," said Laurent Cachot, CEO at Armony System. "Today, we carry out projects from design to commissioning in automation and industrial IT. We therefore do a lot of specific developments for our customers.

"By integrating UniversalAutomation.org, we can reduce this development and capitalize on software components and offer more services to our customers."

“Using the new standard IEC 61499 standard for distributed automation, we will be able to facilitate an open and collaborative manufacturing environment, allowing us to expedite product development for our customers,” said Kevin Wang, president at Odot.

“As a system integrator we believe that adopting the new IEC61499 standard is an effective way for us to develop sustainably,” said Maurice Re, sales director at Master Systèmes. “We believe in the virtues of innovation that will allow us to differentiate ourselves from the competition, improve the quality of our services and reduce our costs. We have joined UniversalAutomation.org to share knowledge and strengthen relationships with different stakeholders.”

The new wave of members join current members of UniversalAutomation.org, including: Aalto University, Actemium, Advantech, ASRock Industrial, Belden Group, Cargill, Crescent, Dynamic Process, ENGlobal, ESA, ExxonMobil, Flexbridge, Gr3n, Graybar, Hirschmann, HTW Berlin, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Intel, Jetter, Kongsberg Maritime, Kyndryl, Luleå University of Technology, Lumberg Automation, Mayer, Phoenix Contact, ProSoft, R. Stahl, Schneider Electric, Shell, TaoTech, Upstate Automation, Wilo, Wood and Yokogawa.