Open Manufacturing Language brings industry 4.0 to PCB assembly

February 17, 2016 // By Julien Happich
With the launch of the Open Manufacturing Language (OML) initiative, Mentor Graphics aims to deliver a printed circuit board (PCB) assembly-specific Internet of Manufacturing solution, much needed by the industry according to the EDA vendor.

The new language will help IT teams, solution providers, and equipment providers to easily integrate shop-floor data to create or enhance added-value manufacturing execution solutions based on a single, normalized, vendor-neutral communication interface.

The OML standard supports numerous industry needs and challenges including the practical realization of the Internet of Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory 1.0 concepts, as well as the automated collection of full traceability data including routing and compliance enforcement.

OML creates an operational hierarchy through which neutralized information is exchanged between manufacturing processes. This includes detail of any shop-floor event in the areas of process performance, materials setup and consumption, traceability, process results and parameters, process control (poka-yoke), and quality information from test, inspection and repair processes, both automated and manual. OML resolves numerous issues in automated and manual processes that previous formats could not address.

The standard will be available through an open community on
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