frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Why does AutomationML use an XML-based format?

AutomationML uses XML-based formats because:
  • XML is a globally highly accepted data format,
  • it is human readable,
  • it is very easy to provide connectors to XML,
  • a variety of stable and reliable XML parsers are
  • available for low cost.

Does AutomationML enable automatic data synchronization in a heterogeneous tool landscape?

AutomationML is a good basis for automatic data synchronization, as it provides all necessary engineering information. But remember, AutomationML is a data format; data synchronization is a tool functionality.

Does AutomationML require changes in our engineering workflow?

No, AutomationML does not require changes in your workflow. AutomationML supports today’s workflows. Furthermore it simplifies regular synchronizations of parallel engineering steps.

How will AutomationML influence engineering in general?

AutomationML accepts a heterogeneous tool landscape per definition. There will not be the one solution for single problems and there will not be one tool to solve all problems. Thus AutomationML:
  • supports usage of best tools in class,
  • closes gaps in the engineering process,
  • reduces complexity by providing a common intermediate format,
  • empowers innovative companies to bring in their solutions without being forced to connect to numerous major tools,
  • helps tool vendors to focus on their core competences instead of spending high efforts on developing and maintaining interfaces.

Is AutomationML restricted to the automotive industry?

No. AutomationML addresses data exchange for any production system engineering information and is thus not restricted to specific industries.

What are the goals of AutomationML?

Goals of AutomationML are:
  • reduction of engineering costs and acceleration of engineering,
  • protect investment by enabling openness of engineering data,
  • lower market entry barriers for innovative niche product vendors and service providers,
  • seamless data transport, and
  • data consistency along the engineering process.

Which documents and software does the AutomationML association provide?

The core of AutomationML are the specification documents (IEC 62714) and the related XML schemas. With this information you should be able to understand and use AutomationML. Additionally, we support you with a lot of additional information, examples and software, like:
  • AutomationML editor,
  • AutomationML engine,
  • Implementers examples,
  • Whitepapers to different topics,
  • Best practice Recommendations,
  • Application Recommendations,
  • Publications.

What is AutomationML about?

With AutomationML we jointly define and validate the Automation Markup Language (AutomationML) as an intermediate XML based data format for all phases of production system engineering along the business cases of our members.

What is the core motivation for the AutomationML members to spend that effort?

We reduce engineering efforts and improve the engineering quality in a heterogeneous tool landscape.

What is the main difference between AutomationML and all other free formats?

Main innovation is the incorporation of well accepted standards for important engineering aspects under a single top-level format, e.g. topology, geometry, kinematics, and logics. As such it is the only freely available, open XML-based standard which supports stepwise standardization of modelled content.It is not dominated by a single vendor but driven by leading automation players.

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