Brazilian delegation meets with partners in Germany


From 12 to 17 November 2023, a delegation from the Brazilian National Service of Industrial Learning of the State of Minas Gerais (Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem Industrial Minas Gerais, SENAI-MG) travelled to Germany. Their visit strengthened the cooperation between Germany and Brazil on the development of Global Production Language (GPL) for industrial plants.

Representatives from SENAI-MG, VDMA and GPQI. © GPQI-GIZ

The Brazilian delegation visited the Smart Production Solutions (SPS) fair in Nürnberg and German research institutes and companies to discuss the next steps in their partnership for 2024. The delegation engaged in in-depth discussions with German partners to evaluate the progress made in their existing partnership and to identify areas for improvement.


Challenges and successes in implementing the GPL-Demonstrator

On the first day in Frankfurt, SENAI-MG met with the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (Verband Deutscher Maschinen - und Anlagenbau e.V. VDMA) and Universal Machine Technology Interface (Umati).


They discussed the challenges and successes faced during the implementation phase of the GPL Demonstrator. During the meeting, participants also mentioned the possibility of developing a new GPL demonstrator for mining applications in Brazil.


GPL Demonstrator at the SPS Fair in Nuremberg

SENAI presentation at the SPS Fair. © GPQI-GIZ

At the SPS show, SENAI-MG presented its experience in implementing the GPL Demonstrator at the Industry 4.0 Centre in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.


The project's purpose is to raise awareness in the private sector of how adhering to global standards like OPC-UA can enhance and lower the expenses of manufacturing.


Technical visits to PTW–TU Darmstadt, Fraunhofer IPA and Festo

During the last days, the SENAI-MG delegation visited the Institute for Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools - PTW of the Technical University Darmstadt (TU). They discussed the implementation of OPC-UA Companion Specifications with experts from the institute, along with technical visits to three of the Institute’s laboratories.


Technical visit at FESTO. © GPQI-GIZ

The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation - IPA was another stop during the delegation trip. Experts from both institutions spoke about interoperability for industrial data exchange. In addition, the experts exchanged on topics such as Digital Twins, Asset Administration Shell and information security.


At last, SENAI visited Festo’s manufacturing plant in Esslingen and FESTO Didactic, the technical education branch of the company. Both visits allowed SENAI to identify possible production line layouts, education methodologies, and new equipment to be considered for new technical education plans.


In conclusion, the collaboration between SENAI-MG and the German partners offers promising prospects for the joint development of industry standards and technologies between Germany and Brazil in 2024.

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