VDW-Forschungsinstitut e.V. (UMATI C/O VDW): TOS VARNSDORF A.S is now part of the umati community •What expectations do you have of umati, what do you expect from the partnership? We expect to be able have better access to information regarding universal communication interface between production machines and other equipment, accessories. This is important for us, as we also need to have our machines ready for connection (under universal communication interface) to other parts of production systems. •What advantages does umati offer your company and your customers? Umati is according our opinion a leading community, which unify communication interfaces in the area of production machines. And because our customers come from various industry sectors, we need to be able to solve majority of their demands, concerning machines and equipment connections. •How do you evaluate the expansion of the umati initiative to the entire mechanical engineering industry? I evaluate the expansion of Umati as positive. Because as I mentioned above, our customer come from various sectors, and we must be able to solve almost all their demands concerning connection between machines and other equipment. Especially in the area of data connection, because our opinion is, that only fast and direct datas haring can lead to increase of productivity in production processes. About TOS VARNSDORF A.S. Company TOS VARNSDORF A.S situated inVarnsdorf, Czech Republic has a years-lasting tradition in machine tool production. The company was founded, under the name of Arno Plauert machine Works, as early as 1903 and up to now it grew up into a big engineering company, known with its products all around the world. The company develops, produces and sells machinetools, complemented by a wide range of services. It has its own design team to develop the machines and a strong manufacturing base to produce them. The company manufacturing programme includes four groups of products: table-type machine tools for universal purposes and high-performance parts machining, large WRD-seriesfloor-type machine tools for demanding technological operations performed on the largest workpieces, machining centres for usage of state-of-the-art technologies with the most progressive modern tools and gantry-type machining centres for general high-performance, high-precision machining of steel and cast iron parts. The services provided for these products cover both training in controlling and programming the machines and technological studies as well as preparation and also consultation services for placing the machine in a shop or building and the foundation for the machine. The company has a strong service team to carry out all warranty requirements and customer services. In addition, the company provides for the services in the form of outwork offers (Metalworking, Measuringservices, Chemical and Heat Treatment of Metals).