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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
  • Non commercial & determined by the board
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 Academic Start-up
Non-voting Voting Silver Gold Platinum
IP Policy Protection
Access to UAO runtime source code repository 1 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 want to have an open system because our customers ask for it. It will also make our life much easier if there's only one product with one interface that basically works with every controller. You can run the application on our system. You can also use another system. You can mix and match different systems. So literally a part of the system can be installed here and the other part can be installed in Australia and it will work together. Most of our customers in process automation are pretty conservative, they never want to change a running system. But now, we see a new generation coming up that is used to new technologies. They are open to test and try these new functionalities and I think most of them pretty well understand the advantages on this. I'm doing this for 20 years now and I think over the years, this is the most exciting change.
Andre Fritsch
Senior Product Manager
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
Advantech is growing really fast and I believe if you want to keep on growing in the future, you need to be able to innovate. And when I see the universal automation approach, it is exactly the way of innovation we need to go with. Who is inside Universal Automation? You have institutions, you have academics, you have OEMs, manufacturers and users. This means that you have all the voices of the market on one platform, no one is pushing in one direction. We are just finding the way to grow together to the next level. Universal Automation is really the concept you want to push today. In the past there was one piece of hardware with one task, but we have to move on, we have to evolve. The evolution is that the hardware can have different kinds of software and everything can run on top of it. The hardware itself is not so important anymore.
Marco Zampolli
Industrial IoT Product Sales Director
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
I like to have a system that is based on an open standard instead of a system that is defined by just one vendor. So for us, 61499 is one way of opening up our system and make it future ready and that's why we joined the UAO. Today there are a lot of obsolescence issues in in the industry so you can end up in a corner where it's hard to move out from. Instead, by using an open standard, you’re having the opportunity to select the best vendor. A standard is always good but it's even better to also have an implementation of a standard. And that’s exactly what UAO provides. It's not an open-source, but a guarded-source-community. And that's very important because then there is someone behind it to make sure that the quality of the software is good.
Sølve Raaen
Principal Architect OT
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​
When we came to Universal Automation Organisation, they offered us a stable solution with the IEC 61499 standard as the future of open automation. This standard eliminates the need for code conversion. This means that customers can use only one programming for our PLCs on different machines. This also helps them to increase their efficiency, reduce their costs and run more stable machines. We are very optimistic about our cooperation with Universal Automation because there are so many different types of machines and PLCs in China, and it takes a lot of engineering to make different machines talk to each other. We joined this ecosystem to make every machine and PLC talk in one standard. In fact, we are the first local company in China to offer large scale IEC 61499 compliant hardware.
Raphael Xiong
Sales Manager
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
It's always important to make a step ahead and try to find something new. From my experience I see that there has been a big revolution in the IT for example and I expect the same in automation. In my opinion it's important to be part of the UAO in this stage because you can put in your ideas. We can collect ideas from a lot of people, everyone having different things in mind. It's very important to put together different ideas and go out with a new approach This approach is really a winning approach because it's very, very flexible. You develop the application once and you can reuse it in each different configuration.
Diego Bizzozero
Product solution specialist
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
For Belden, Universal Automation means two things. First, the opportunity to participate in the development of this open architecture and benefit from the common technology. Second, we are part of a great community that supports us with new ideas and best practices. A major advantage of Universal Automation is the scalability of a distributed architecture with multiple components, compared to a monolithic architecture that relies on a single component. The main advantage of UAO is that it is truly innovative, as opposed to the monolithic approaches that have been implemented in the past. It allows more code reuse and gives software developers used to object-oriented languages the opportunity to participate in the programming of automation systems.
Jürgen Michielsen
Director Strategy and Platform modeling
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
I think now is a great time to disrupt the industry, really become hardware agnostic and let the end user decide what hardware they want to use. Customers can basically choose the hardware they want using just one automation platform, so they become very versatile and are not bound to one particular vendor. Universal Automation provides precisely the level of flexibility that a competitive and sustainable industry requires. For our customers, this is exactly what they are looking for today.
Nicholas Holland
Managing Director - EMEA Broad Market
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
The change to Universal Automation is really enabling the industries of the future. Business data, coming from the automation level, is the foundation to make much more conscious decisions. Universal Automation is an ideal prerequisite for efficiently obtaining this data and performing valuable analyses. Universal Automation of course is much closer to the IT-thinking and therefore young talents are more attracted to work in this environment.
Barbara Frei
Executive Vice President Industrial Automation
Franco Cavadini
Andre Fritsch - R.Stahl
Dominic de Kerf
Marco Zampolli - Advantech
Michel Arroyo - Veolia - Operations and Performance Director
Sølve Raaen
Laurent Bacon
Raphael Xiong - Odot
Dave Campain
Diego Bizzozero - ESA
German Carmona
Jürgen Michielsen - Belden
Valeriy Vyatkin
Nicholas Holland - AnalogDevices
Jac Opmeer
Dimitrii Drozdov
Barbara Frei - Schneider Electric
  • ExxonMobil
  • TriSystems
  • Analog Devices
  • BASF
  • Bucher automation
  • Bilfinger
  • Schneider Electric
  • KTL - Korea Testing Laboratory
  • JW
  • Cargill
  • The University of Warnwick
  • Bihl+Wiedemann
  • Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology - SIMTech
  • UFRN - Universidade Federal do Rio grande do norte
  • Onify
  • ODOT Automation
  • CMR Group
  • Indeff
  • ICT Group
  • Raster Industrial Automation
  • Hyundai
  • RoviSys
  • Platinum Electrical Engineering
  • Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Upstate Automation
  • Westcon
  • OpenEmbed
  • JKU
  • Mayer Electric
  • Flexbridge
  • GR3N
  • KPI Automation
  • ISAAC Engineering
  • Autodriver
  • Enterprise Automation
  • Crescent Electric
  • Dhandymecha
  • MatriBox
  • Meisterschulen am Ostbahnhof
  • Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Fare Ingénierie
  • AFRY
  • ASRock Industrial
  • Technical University of Kosice
  • ENG
  • Master Systèmes
  • Edith Cowan University - Australian University
  • HWK München und Oberbayern
  • Taotech
  • Radical Ingenuity Group
  • Stahl
  • Morson Projects - Ematics
  • Armony System
  • Sciyon
  • shell
  • Kongsberg
  • Veolia
  • TenLink
  • eDF
  • Omron
  • BPX
  • FLSmidth
  • Digital Manufacturing Ireland
  • ESME
  • Cognex
  • AAC
  • CloudRail
  • Graybar
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
  • HNAC Technology
  • NeoDyne

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