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Open MES interfaces enable flexible connection

Manufacturing Execution Systems are the digital control station of a networked Industry 4.0 at shop floor level. On the provider side, efforts are currently being made to agree on interfaces that ensure the greatest possible interoperability.

08 Jul. 2018
Open MES interfaces enable flexible connection (Picture: MPDV)

The MES umbrella organization has therefore developed the IIoT-capable, bidirectional open source MES interface DES4MES (Data Exchange Services for Manufacturing Execution Systems) based on OPC UA and presented it at the Hannover Messe 2018 . One of the members of the association, MPDV Mikrolab, is already systematically working on this. MPDV Mikrolab introduced the MES Hydra to the industry a service interface that aims to excel in particular with a high degree of interoperability . The REST-based (Representational State Transfer) MES has an explorative self-describing API (Application Programming Interface) and allows the calling of Hydra services through the http or https protocol. This also makes it possible to connect any existing software as well as self-developed software clients.

The REST solution replaces the previously used SOAP interface (Simple Object Access Protocol). Thanks to numerous source code examples and a tester application, the new version is in particular more comfortable to operate and boasts an optimized development and test environment according to the supplier. Data transfer across the interface is done in the JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) format, making it compatible with a variety of development environments including C#, .NET, Java, JavaScript, and Visual Basic.