AutomationML: the language of end-to-end design

Do you want to use a smooth (development) process without media breaks instead of working in a heterogeneous system landscape with various programs, interfaces, and standards?

The digital twin provides an important basis for this: The digital result of the design is made available throughout all lifecycle phases of a machine or system, even during operation, and is always kept up to date.

The key to this end-to-end design on a common data platform is a “language” that enables communication between different systems and programs: AutomationML.

What is AutomationML?

AutomationML stands for Automation Markup Language. As a neutral and XML-based data format, which is available as an open standard described in IEC 62714, AML enables the exchange of design data for various disciplines (including mechanics, electrical engineering, electronics, PLC programming) with various levels of detail (individual component, module, machine, production cell). Various functions and “views” can be considered (topology, geometry, kinematics, logic). AutomationML is therefore a universal and highly flexible model for the life cycle of control-cabinet, machine, and system development as well as for the planning of the productive use, including all content and for communication in all networks. AutomationML is not a competing model for the Asset Administration Shell, but an associated information model and therefore one of the key technologies for Industry 4.0.

Your advantages from using AutomationML in practice

Fewer coordination problems

Greater transparency

Increased collaboration

Ability to respond rapidly

SEAP and AutomationML

We as SEAP (Smart Engineering and Production) are driving this standardization forward and thus support midsize control cabinet building. This is because communication between the EPLAN platform (with Eplan Electric P8 and Eplan Pro Panel) and clipx ENGINEER, the engineering software from Phoenix Contact for planning and ordering terminal strips, assembled mounting panels, and junction boxes, already speaks a common language – AutomationML.