OpenDXM GlobalX Supports Blockchain Technology

Globally distributed component production based on additive manufacturing processes such as 3D printing critically depends on the assurance that key data reaches the authorized service provider in an unaltered and unfalsifiable format, as well as in the licensed quantity. This is only possible with a high-security end-to-end connection that extends from the customer all the way to the 3D printer at the service provider.

But production data is not the only information that needs to be exchanged in a tamper-proof and legally compliant manner: The same applies to order data. Blockchain technology is utilized to implement the level of transaction security required for these so-called smart contracts. 

In order to allow for the secure transfer of production and order data from the customer to the service provider with OpenDXM GlobalX in a tamper-proof manner, OpenDXM GlobalX supports blockchain technology by drawing on the OPC-UA communication stack. OPC-UA (Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture) is a data exchange standard for secure and reliable cross-platform, manufacturer-independent industrial communication. It is thus a key technology to make Industry 4.0 happen.

The encryption of useful data built into OpenDXM GlobalX in combination with blockchain technology ensures that production data can be transferred from the customer directly to the manufacturing facility in accordance with the contract. At the same time, this greatly upgrades protection against product piracy.

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