Uniform positioning standard for industrial products from different vendors // Now available to all // PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) to handle worldwide coordination
The high-tech company TRUMPF and some 60 partners are introducing a standard for positioning technologies. Called omlox, this new industry standard provides the means to integrate all existing technologies such as UWB, BLE, RFID, 5G or GPS and deliver positioning data via a uniform interface. “Despite the current situation, companies should keep their sights fixed firmly on the future and expand their digital applications. A common standard for positioning solutions simplifies logistics enormously and ensures efficiency gains in digital manufacturing,” says Thomas Schneider, Managing Director of Development at TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen. Omlox may now be used worldwide. Industry partners from all over Europe, Asia and the USA have committed to supporting it. The initiators’ goal is to make it easier for industrial customers to use hardware and software from different vendors.
A global language for industry
They have since handed the project over to the PI organization, which is to advance the omlox standard globally. PI has been supporting various industry standards for 30 years now. It operates worldwide with 1,500 members and 27 national subsidiaries. “The PI organization has all the processes and a great deal of experience to bring open and easy-to-use standards to the world. As an independent organization, we can continue to make sure that all partners will be able to contribute on an equal footing,” says PI Chairman Karsten Schneider. Interfaces to connect all products have already been defined for omlox. “Like USB, which has become indispensable in the office, we are now enabling different positioning solutions to communicate for the entire industry worldwide,” adds Schneider. Both hardware and software solutions will be able to access the standard. A logo afffixed to products will guarantee that they connect to omlox.
A quick, affordable way of connecting solutions from different vendors
Products may be tracked across the board by incorporating various positioning technologies. Omlox serves to pinpoint the location of forklifts, drones, driverless transport systems or tools from different manufacturers with one and the same infrastructure. It enables position data to be used far more widely across the factory. Users can even locate devices inside buildings with accuracy down to the millimeter range, much like what GPS can serve to do outdoors. “The combined use of ultra-precise, robust positioning via ultra-wideband with other tracking tech is the key to industry positioning technologies. Industrial companies can already start transferring existing standalone solutions into this future-proof, open system," says Matthias Jöst, who is coordinating the project within the PI organization.
Industry partners from Europe, the USA and Asia
The initiators of omlox include the software and IT service providers GFT, T-Systems and AWS, the sensor manufacturers SICK and Pepperl+Fuchs, the research institute CEA Leti, the software vendor Heidelberg Mobil and the tracking solutions provider BeSpoon. Around 60 companies are already supporting the project.
More information / press material on the website of TRUMPF.