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The digital twin concept brought to life: Unlocking the power of Asset Administration Shells.

Imagine a world where different devices, components, and software seamlessly cooperate, regardless of their vendors. It’s a dream many in the digitalization realm share, but it’s not quite a reality yet. We’ve made progress, with technologies like OPC UA on the rise, but we still have work to do.

The missing piece? Describing a system’s capabilities in a standardized, manufacturer-independent way. There’s a solution—the Asset Administration Shell (AAS), a concrete implementation of the Digital Twin. AAS simplifies communication by providing a consistent interface to an asset’s data and functionalities, opening the door to significant value creation. But here’s the challenge: semantic models for annotation must be agreed upon by experts from various fields.

Now, how can we bring this promising technology into the spotlight? Industry 4.0 has made its way into higher education, but practical applications are still limited. This is where Festo comes into play. The solution provider for technical skills development has now designed a learning package which makes it easier for educators to introduce AAS concepts in their classes. The package includes the “Robotino 4 add-on for AAS” and a nine-hour hands-on course on Festo LX, catering to those who would like to integrate forward-thinking topics into their courses and at the same time strive for a practical approach to teaching.

‘By teaching students about Asset Administration Shells, we’re paving the way for them to drive digitalization in industry, inching closer to the much-anticipated interoperability. Introducing tomorrow’s engineers to innovative possibilities can lay the foundation for industry standards of the future.’

– Dr. Stefan Kapp, Product Manager at Festo Didactic SE

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Read the full LinkedIn article: (25) Cross-vendor interoperability within reach – Will education tip the scales? | LinkedIn

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About Festo

Festo is a global player and an independent family-owned company with headquarters in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany. Festo has set standards in industrial automation technology and technical education ever since its establishment, thereby making a contribution to sustainable development of the environment, the economy and society. The company supplies pneumatic and electrical automation technology to 300,000 customers of factory and process automation in over 35 industries. The LifeTech sector with medical technology and laboratory automation is becoming increasingly important. The products and services are available in 176 countries. With about 20,800 employees in over 250 branch offices in 61 countries worldwide, Festo achieved a turnover of around €3.81 billion in 2022. Each year around 7 % of this turnover is invested in research and development. In this learning company, 1.5 % of turnover is invested in basic and further training. Festo Didactic SE is a leading provider of technical education and training and offers its customers worldwide comprehensive digital and physical learning solutions in the industrial environment.

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Pia Gillmeister
Festo SE & Co. KG