UniversalAutomation.org has been formed by a diverse group of industrial leaders and pioneers who have joined together to advance the world of industrial automation.

For the first time, hardware & software technology vendors, end users, systems integrators, OEMs, start-ups and higher education institutions will share a common automation software layer across their products and solutions—regardless of brand. This new level of shared technology provides the basis for an ecosystem of portable, interoperable, “plug and produce” solutions and creates an entirely new category within industrial automation.

UniversalAutomation.org members will develop interoperable and portable automation software – based on the IEC 61499 standard – that can run with almost any hardware, creating an entirely vendor-agnostic ecosystem for automation software development. By merging both the information technology and operational technology worlds and sharing a technology reference implementation, the organization seeks to unleash the full potential of Industry 4.0.