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Members of have unique development power and access to the next generation of universal automation solutions, working collaboratively. will act as a centralized hub of automation intelligence.
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Plug & Produce

Real time - Right time

Application Portability & Interoperability

Real time - Right time

IT/OT Convergence


If you are an IT or OT vendor selling hardware, you can get access to an IEC 61499-based runtime and release an Universal Automation offer to market in months rather than years.

Why should vendors join UAO?

  • Obtain license for UAO runtime execution engine
  • Share R&D costs with platforming approach
  • Influence the next development of the runtime execution engine
  • Get access to key End Users looking for IEC 61499-based systems
  • Position your company as thought-leader/innovator


If you are an end user, a system integrator, an OEM (machine or process) or a software vendor: Come and join the organization to become a sponsor, drive adoption of the technology by your suppliers and influence the roadmap of the runtime. In this way you will reap the benefits of this innovative technology.

Why should users join UAO?

  • Support vendor-independent “plug and produce” automation
  • Network with other users to learn
  • Drive standardization
  • Influence the next development of the runtime execution engine
  • Get trained on the technology, interact with UAO Ecosystem

Pricing for Vendors and Users

150 k€ /year
  • 1 general voting right
  • 10 roadmap voting rights
  • Runtime access
75 k€ /year
  • 1 general voting right
  • 4 roadmap voting rights
  • Runtime access
25 k€ /year
  • 1 general voting right
  • 1 roadmap voting right
  • Runtime access
Sponsor Voting
18 k€ /year
  • 1 general voting right
  • 0 roadmap voting right
  • Runtime access
Sponsor non-voting
2 to 8 k€ * /year
  • 0 general voting right
  • 0 roadmap voting right
  • Runtime access

1. Revenue dependent: <€10m = €2k, €10m-€100m = €5k, >€100m = €8k


You want to drive innovation in a universal automation environment? Then join us!

6 k€ /year
  • 0 general voting right
  • 0 roadmap voting right
  • Runtime access: Access to source code determined on case-by-case basis by the Board

Conditions (duration, revenue levels, etc.) determined by Board.


You want to train the next generation of automation technician and engineers on the next generation automation solutions? Then join us!

2 k€ /year
  • 1 general voting right
  • 0 roadmap voting right
  • Runtime access: Access to source code determined on case-by-case basis by the Board
Sponsor University Start-up
Non-voting Voting Silver Gold Platinum
IP Policy Protection
Access to UAO runtime source code repository 1 1 1
License to incorporate RT in own offer (as defined in General License Terms) 1
Propose/Elect Board Members
General voting rights (as defined in Articles of Association)
Runtime Backlog/Roadmap voting rights
Sit on User Advisory Board
Participate in Working Groups
Attend annual Membership Assembly
Attend working group meetings
Include product in UAO official demo 1
Member logo in promotional communications
Participation in UAO events
Use "UAO Inside" logo² 1
Use "UAO Member" logo
Include offers in UAO online product directory 1
Access to online training resources²
Certification testing³ 1 1
Networking with other members


1. Determined by Board
2. Under development
3. To be defined

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They joined us
I joined UAO because by being open, by being an international standard, by being already supported by quite a certain number of relevant companies, it paves the way for a new generation of not just automation systems, but a new way of conceiving automation systems. Because in the end it leaves behind the problem of hardware and unleashes the power of software, which has not yet happened in automation.
Franco Cavadini
Chief Technical Officer
We joined UAO because we strongly believe that we have to decouple the application from the hardware. The value of our automation is not in the hardware and (yet today) we design every plant in hardware-centric way.  That is no longer possible with the regional complexities of cyber security, more maintenance, more complex software requirements. On our current path towards Industry 4.0 that hardware-centric approach no longer good. So in short, we must decouple hardware & software to make sure that we are able to survive as an industry in Europe.
Dominic de Kerf
Plant Systems and Controls COE
I'm following UAO and IEC 61499 because it's an object-oriented system, and what we do in our automation system, how we do it, is object oriented. So that gives us the opportunity to focus on how to build good applications based on function blocks. You build applications, then you decide how to deploy them. And that means we can test the complete application, and it's easy to reuse. These are important things when we have many sailing ships.
Sølve Raaen
Principal Architect OT
We operate several thousand third-party installations, so we find ourselves with a large volume of equipment from different brands. This requires great complexity of skills to maintain them. This is why the association’s approach interests us greatly: to simplify the multi-vendor complexity. Pooling the skills of our employees on a limited number of platforms is a guarantee of operational efficiency, and a vector of success for the dissemination of standards.
Michel Arroyo
Operations and Performance Director
On our hydroelectric power plants, we have technology from the 1950s that we need to modernize it. UAO’s technology will allow us to decouple software from hardware and create portable libraries of functions to replicate across our assets, independent of the automation hardware. We want to completely change our approach, focusing on functions rather than hardware constraints. This functional approach from design to implementation is a revolution for us. Our automation teams were quickly impressed with this new approach and have understood it very quickly.
Laurent Bacon
Head of Industrial Information and Control​
Open Automation technologies like UAO’s will allow us to deliver innovative automation systems faster and at lower cost.  That enables more efficient manufacturing and faster time to market for green solutions. We plan to starting using IEC 61499 to innovate on top of existing infrastructure and technology as our first use cases.  Longer term, more efficient integration of technology from different OEM machine and automation suppliers will have a major positive impact. To those considering joining UAO, don’t join if you like being locked into expensive proprietary PLC platforms and enjoy using the same old thing!
David Campain
Global Product Manager, Process Control Systems
Wood is excited to be part of defining the future of automation and transforming profitability and productivity for the customers in our industrial markets. technology will enable business innovation, increase digital adoption and agility with its open, interoperable and portable solutions- building business resiliency and empowering our clients to be future-ready.
German Carmona
Global President of Wood’s Digital Consulting business
We are excited to be part of because it promises to be a complete game changer. It opens up a new world of possibilities for organisations like ours. Unlocking valuable data currently buried in proprietary systems, making the connectivity and deployment of new technologies like Artificial Intelligence quick and simple. As part of we are actively collaborating with and supporting like-minded organisations to create an exciting new open era in operations and automation.
Valeriy Vyatkin
Professor of Electrical Engineering at Aalto University
We support UAO because it drives adoption of a standard implementation of IEC 61499. This technology enables the new way of programing we want to achieve. It enables built-in state-based control. It is not competing with OPAF, it is a great platform in operation real time control space, that can work seamlessly with other standard elements​.
Jac Opmeer
Principal Automation Engineer at Shell
The creation of is the dawn of a new era within automation technology; over the course of the next five years, it will create a sea change for the future of automation software development. We are delighted to be a part of, driving the development of a “plug and produce” system which will help the industry keep up with the increasing demands of flexible manufacturing. There is no doubt that as members continue to join the organization and reap the benefits of collaboration and openness, that industry-wide change will follow.
Dmitrii Drozdov
Chief Technology Officer at Flexbridge
Franco Cavadini
Dominic de Kerf
Sølve Raaen
Michel Arroyo - Veolia - Operations and Performance Director
Laurent Bacon
Dave Campain
German Carmona
Valeriy Vyatkin
Jac Opmeer
Dimitrii Drozdov
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