Quick Guide: Global Production Language (OPC UA)


The quick guide "Global Production Language - Connect old machines using new Industrie 4.0 standards" (“Linguagem global para Produção - Conecte suas máquinas antigas usando o novo “plug da indústria 4.0”) was developed by a group of industry experts as part of the German-Brazilian Dialogue on Quality Infrastructure. It is based on the practical experience of Brazilian SMEs and aims to highlight the main benefits of adopting open communication standards in Industrie 4.0 retrofitting projects. The guide is available in Portuguese.


In Brazil, many SMEs embark on Industrie 4.0 by retrofitting old machines. However, they are often not aware of the advantages of freely usable standards for their digital transformation.


To drive the global adaption of Industrie 4.0 solutions, manufacturing companies must be able to seamlessly connect different machines and equipment as well as other systems. This requires open communication standards. These must be built on the know-how of the manufacturers of the different types of industrial equipment, to ensure that the respective standards take all relevant data into account.


For this purpose, the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau) is coordinating the development OPC UA Companion Specifications for over 35 machine domains.

These standards are made available to every user or supplier, free of charge. The factory equipment of new machines is successively adapted to the specifications.


Find out more about Global Production Language and how to use open communication standards for your machinery in this quick guide!