Standardized communication interface for commercial kitchen equipment

The member companies of the HKI industrial association of House, Heating and Kitchen Technology e.V., supported by the OPC-UA Foundation, have submitted a proposal to the DIN standards committee FNH Heating and Cooking Equipment, which launched then the DIN SPEC 18898 "Commercial Kitchen Equipment - Communication Interface for Commercial Kitchen Equipment - OPC Unified Architecture". The aim of this DIN SPEC is to harmonize the data exchange and interoperability requirements of catering equipment.

This is a list of device classes whose interfaces have been defined and standardized:

  • Fryers
  • Frying Pans
  • Combi Steamers
  • Convection Ovens, Multiple Deck Ovens
  • Pressure Cooking Kettles
  • Cooking Kettles
  • Multi-Function Pans
  • Coffee Machines
  • Dishwashing Machines
  • Servery Counters
  • Cooking Zones
  • Frying and Grilling Appliances
  • Microwave Combination Ovens
  • Ice Machines
  • Pasta Cookers / Bain Marie

The standardization of the data structure creates the basis for Internet-based services with a multitude of application possibilities such as:

  • Documentation and archiving of HACCP relevant data
  • Monitoring and visualization of processes
  • Management and maintenance of device data
  • Transmission of error and alarm function

The DIN SPEC 18898 " Equipment for commercial kitchens - Communication interface for commercial kitchen equipment - OPC Unified Architectur " was published by Beuth Verlag in September 2018 and is available under the following link:

https://www.beuth.de/en/technical-rule/din-spec-18898/290190554

 

In addition to the DIN SPEC 18898 "Commercial Kitchen Equipment - Communication Interface for Commercial Kitchen Equipment - OPC Unified Architecture", an OPC UA Companion Specification "OPC Unified Architecture for Commercial Kitchen Equipment Companion Specification" will be published in the near future. Further information on the OPC UA Companion Specification can be found on the OPC Foundation website at the following link:

https://opcfoundation.org/markets-collaboration/hki/

 

The specification is now available for download at the OPC Foundation:

https://opcfoundation.org/developer-tools/specifications-opc-ua-information-models/opc-unified-architecture-for-commercial-kitchen-equipment/

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