Weihenstephan Standards

The communication interface for your machines

The Weihenstephan Standards (WS) define a communication interface for the standardized transmission of machine data to higher-level IT systems. The WS can be implemented quickly and easily in all machines in the food and beverage industry and define the data content to be transmitted. Get rid of your interface problems and also benefit from the cost-efficient and future-proof standard!

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The Weihenstephan Standards – briefly explained

Which aspects are covered by the Weihenstephan Standards and what can be achieved with them?

ERP
MES
Production- &
Processlayer
Interfaces

Definition of the communication interfaces

The Weihenstephan standards define communication standards that are easy to implement. It describes how WS data points can be transmitted to higher-level IT systems and from machine to machine.

The following communication options are available:

WS OPC UA
WS Protokoll

Datapoints

Definition of WS data points

The Weihenstephan Standards contain a total of 440 practice-relevant data points for all WS domains. All WS data points are clearly defined. Thus, there is a cross-industry, uniform understanding of the data points to be exchanged, which can significantly reduce the individual effort of interface programming.

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Machine profiles

Definition of WS machine profiles

The Weihenstephan Standards define over 150 different machine classes. In domain-specific machine profiles, typical machine classes are assigned WS data points. These permutation tables show which data points must be provided or can be provided optionally.

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IT functionalities

Exemplary definition of IT functionalities

The Weihenstephan standards provide domain-specific recommendations for the processing of machine and process data.

 
 
 

It is shown how various MES or IT functionalities can be enabled on the basis of the WS data points.
These are for example:

– Calculation of key figures – Batch and article tracking – Quality assurance – Material management – Process visualization for production monitoring – Production planning – Creation of production reports

The WS Domains

The Weihenstephan Standards define both universally applicable communication interfaces and the data that must be provided for acquisition. The required data points and contents as well as the evaluation recommendations have been defined on an industry-specific basis and are available so far for the following industries:

What advantages do the Weihenstephan Standards offer you?

The Weihenstephan Standards offer predefined and standardized data content as well as uniform communication interfaces and WS software tools that significantly reduce the effort required in project planning and implementation. Thus, by using the Weihenstephan standards, you save time and costs in IT integration.

  • Definition of practice-relevant data points
  • Definition of extensive machine profiles
  • Use of the OPC UA communication standard
  • Availability of modeling tools
  • Possibility to verify successful implementation
  • Industry-specific evaluation recommendations
  • Manufacturer and control system-independent implementation
  • Interdisciplinary and pre-competitive cooperation of machine builders, production companies, IT integrators as well as research
  • Common goal of driving a standard within the food and beverage industry
  • Independent view from science and research by TUM

Technical Information

Here you will find detailed information about the technology behind the Weihenstephan Standards.
Learn more about the document structure, the communication protocols, the available WS Tools as well as information about the implementation and about namespaces and prefices.

  • Data transmission via OPC UA or WS Protocol (TCP/IP)
  • Available implementation guides and help
  • Registration of namespaces & prefices

WS Softwaretools:

  • WS Modeler
  • WS Edit
  • WS Testtool

Members of the WS Industrial User Group

Weihenstephan Standards Packages

WS Info Package
Free of charge
  • Basic information about WS
  • Personal advice/support on the packages
WS Personal Package
500 €
  • WS Documents in English and German
  • WS Modeler for creation of Nodeset & PDAConfig
  • WS Edit incl. libraries
  • VDMA 40600 OPC UA Companion Specification
  • Optional: WS Testtool Basis Version (Client) to test the connection
  • Participation and membership in the WS Industry User Group
  • Lifelong updates of documents & softwares
  • Authorization to display and advertise with the WS logos
  • Passing on the WS within projects
WS Company Package
from 5.000 €
  • WS Documents in English and German
  • WS Modeler to create Nodeset & PDAConfig
  • WS Edit incl. libraries
  • VDMA 40600 OPC UA Companion Specification
  • WS Testtool Full Edition (Client, Server & SQL function)
  • Participation and membership in the WS Industry User Group
  • Lifelong updates of documents & softwares
  • Authorization to display and advertise with the WS logos
  • Passing on the WS within projects