CONTACT Software Showcases New AAS Applications to Accelerate Digital Twin Adoption

CONTACT Software is spearheading the adoption of the Asset Administration Shell (AAS) through its Elements platform. The AAS, considered a cross-enterprise standard for the digital twin, offers immense potential for machinery and plant manufacturers, as well as their component suppliers and customers. With its active involvement in the Industrial Digital Twin Association (IDTA) and other industry projects, CONTACT Software is at the forefront of driving the advancement of AAS technology.

To demonstrate the capabilities of AAS for Industry 4.0, CONTACT Software will be showcasing several new AAS use cases at the upcoming Hannover Messe 2024 event, taking place from April 22 to 26. By leveraging its Elements for IoT platform, CONTACT Software has already demonstrated how companies can import and export initial AAS submodels. And now, the software provider has further expanded on the capabilities of AAS by implementing additional IDTA specifications.

Among the latest enhancements, CONTACT Software has developed a new widget for the Elements for IoT dashboards, providing an overview of “active” and “inactive” AAS submodels associated with an asset. This widget streamlines the exchange of information between companies and allows users to directly access the AAS Type 2 REST endpoint of the AAS or its submodels. From there, users can easily upload or download submodels, update them, or activate non-existent ones.

Furthermore, CONTACT Software has also expanded the creation and modification of assets by introducing an AAS REST endpoint. Leveraging the Digital Nameplate and serial number, users can access relevant AAS information via the Universal Classification of the Elements platform. This functionality proves particularly useful in maintenance scenarios where outdated or faulty components need to be replaced in machine tools.

In addition, CONTACT Software has introduced the “Time Series Data to AAS” function, which automatically populates the corresponding submodel with an asset’s metadata and time series data. Through the Elements for IoT platform, users can provide the measured values through direct REST access or a derived JSON file stored in the digital twin. This functionality is especially valuable in production environments, facilitating quality assurance tasks for end-of-line testing.

To further enhance the adoption of AAS, CONTACT Software, FESTO, and msg have collaborated to develop a demonstrator focused on accelerating quotation preparation. Leveraging the Elements platform, this demonstrator provides plant manufacturers with a digital product catalog from FESTO in a machine-readable format as AAS. A chatbot powered by artificial intelligence and a language model developed by msg assists users in finding the optimal components based on technical properties, enabling customers to quickly identify the right products from a wide range of options.

These innovative AAS use cases, along with CONTACT Software’s own applications, will be showcased at Hannover Messe. CONTACT Software highlights the “Fast Forward Digital Transformation” theme, demonstrating how the seamless integration of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), IoT, and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) can boost efficiency, speed, and sustainability across the industry. Visit the IDTA booth (hall 9, F27), the FESTO booth (hall 7, D31), and CONTACT Software’s booth (hall 17, H24) to witness the future of digital twin adoption.

FAQ:
1. What is CONTACT Software spearheading?
CONTACT Software is spearheading the adoption of the Asset Administration Shell (AAS) through its Elements platform.

2. What is the Asset Administration Shell (AAS)?
The Asset Administration Shell (AAS) is considered a cross-enterprise standard for the digital twin, offering potential for machinery and plant manufacturers, as well as their component suppliers and customers.

3. What are the latest enhancements made by CONTACT Software?
CONTACT Software has developed a new widget for the Elements for IoT dashboards, expanded the creation and modification of assets by introducing an AAS REST endpoint, and introduced the “Time Series Data to AAS” function.

4. How does the new widget for Elements for IoT dashboards streamline information exchange?
The widget provides an overview of “active” and “inactive” AAS submodels associated with an asset. It allows users to directly access the AAS Type 2 REST endpoint of the AAS or its submodels, enabling them to upload or download submodels, update them, or activate non-existent ones.

5. How can users access relevant AAS information via the Universal Classification of the Elements platform?
By leveraging the Digital Nameplate and serial number, users can access relevant AAS information via the Universal Classification of the Elements platform. This functionality is particularly useful in maintenance scenarios where components need to be replaced.

6. What is the “Time Series Data to AAS” function used for?
The “Time Series Data to AAS” function automatically populates the corresponding submodel with an asset’s metadata and time series data. This functionality is especially valuable in production environments for quality assurance tasks.

7. What is the collaboration between CONTACT Software, FESTO, and msg focused on?
The collaboration is focused on developing a demonstrator for accelerating quotation preparation. The demonstrator provides plant manufacturers with a digital product catalog in the form of AAS. A chatbot powered by artificial intelligence assists users in finding the optimal components based on technical properties.

8. What will be showcased at the upcoming Hannover Messe?
The innovative AAS use cases, along with CONTACT Software’s own applications, will be showcased at Hannover Messe. They will highlight the “Fast Forward Digital Transformation” theme, showcasing the seamless integration of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), IoT, and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) for efficiency, speed, and sustainability.

Definitions:
– Asset Administration Shell (AAS): A cross-enterprise standard for the digital twin, offering potential for machinery and plant manufacturers, as well as their component suppliers and customers.
– Digital Twin: a virtual representation of a physical object or system that can be used for analysis, monitoring, and simulation purposes.
– IoT: Internet of Things, a network of physical devices embedded with sensors and software that enables them to connect and exchange data.

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