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The Asset Administration Shell – a universal tool for data exchange in industry

Companies are increasingly required to exchange data about their products and processes. There have been a few showstoppers so far: data silos, incompatible interfaces, and expensive exchange formats. The new Asset Administration Shell (AAS) standard breaks the Gordian knot. Even better – it’s free of charge.

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10 avril 2024
Durée de lecture : 2 minutes

Here we go again, it’s all about data. Of course, having data is a good thing. But exchanging it as efficiently as possible is even better – and becoming increasingly crucial. This is especially true when it comes to managing information on products, production facilities, and processes in the industry, independent of the manufacturer. Let’s not forget: the upcoming flood of regulatory requirements, like the EU Data Act, ESG standards, supply chain laws, etc., that companies must comply with, has led to a plethora of data management solutions in the market. And that’s precisely the problem. Too many different offerings imply data interfaces that don’t match, create data silos, and necessitate the use of expensive commercial exchange formats. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel: The Asset Administration Shell (AAS), which enables data exchange in compliance with standards.

In simple terms, the AAS can be understood as an implementation of the Digital Twin concept. This “Administration Shell,” virtually represents the entire lifecycle of products, devices, machinery, and facilities. Its most significant promise is manufacturer-independent interoperability, which for the first time facilitates collaboration between companies that previously could hardly interact due to highly diverse systems with proprietary formats.
Find out what happens to the data in the Assed Administration Shell and what advantages this brings in the blog post by our IoT specialist Device Insight: 
(Source: Open Industry 4.0 Alliance)

Here’s how it works: Every product (or component) produced or processed by a company is assigned an AAS file, which compiles all relevant information in a standardized format. Think of it as a special zip file containing all pertinent details. Anyone using the product can access the data without needing to create a separate interface.


Technically speaking, the AAS enhances interoperability by providing clear standards for data models and interfaces. Different assets can communicate and exchange data, regardless of their physical or virtual nature. Interaction occurs through standardized protocols that enable seamless integration into Industry 4.0 systems. And the best part: the software for processing the AAS format is open source, making it freely available.


Find out what happens to the data in the Assed Administration Shell and what advantages this brings in the blog post by our IoT specialist Device Insight

The Asset Administration Shell

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A propos de l'auteur

Alexandra Luchtai écrit régulièrement sur les innovations technologiques, les derniers projets et les perspectives de marché autour de l'IoT, de l'IIoT et de tout type de produits intelligents connectés par Device Insight, spécialiste de l'IoT et filiale de KUKA.  

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