What is the compelling event that led to the establishment of OML?
The driving force is the need in the industry to apply automation successfully so that it enables computerization of many production engineering and management decision making processes.
- Previous shop-floor protocols and communication standards are not well established
- Lack of completeness in the ability to reflect standardization of content across the complexities of SMT machines
- OML will evolve to ensure that it continues to meet expectations in the industry and provide a true Internet of Manufacturing environment
The OML standard, the specification of which is available free of charge to community members, has been initially contributed to the industry by Mentor Graphics based on many years of PCB assembly shop-floor communication experience, where information from production processes has been gathered in real-time and applied to real-world manufacturing shop-floor solutions such as finite production planning, Lean material management, quality management, and full materials and production traceability. This represents a high-value working starting point that is available for use right here, right now.
Why adopt the Open Manufacturing Language?
Unlike previous standards, OML features bi-directional data flows for shop-floor data creation as well as process control, all through a single standard format, language, and protocol. Any creator or consumer of OML data will require the development and support of just one standard interface, rather than the current need for many different interfaces. Development cost and lead-time for PCB assembly shop-floor projects for advanced manufacturing computerization can be significantly reduced using OML, removing the barriers for entry for many companies and allowing them to respond to evolving industry business demands.