Tango welcomes and actively supports the adoption of Tango by industry.
Tango is a general purpose open source solution for building control systems. It was originally built for controlling accelerators and scientific experiments but has since been applied to a wide range of applications including industrial applications. Tango is very flexible and can be used to control anything and everything from hardware to software.Tango is already being used by a growing number of industrial partners.We would like to create a community of industrial partners who want to use Tango for solving a wide range of problems.
Industrialisation of Tango
The Tango Gravit project has been started in 2013 to actively promote the transfer of technology and use of Tango by Industry. The project is sponsored by the French and European Union sponsored agency Gravit and the ESRF with the support of the Tango community.
Tango is a mature open source software product for building distributed control systems. It is well suited to replace and/or integrate proprietary SCADA control systems. There are very few open source products on the SCADA market today. Tango has the potential to be the de facto standard for open source industrial control systems. The Tango Industrialisation project will concentrate on the following actions:
- Build an industrial demonstrator for Tango which will help industrial partners to get started with Tango. The demonstrator will consist of a virtual machine (based on the virtual Tango box) and a physical demonstrator including device servers for typical industrial applications e.g. Modbus, OPC UA, and some high speed hardware like CCD's and FPGA based on the open hardware FMC carrier SPEC.
- Promote Tango by being present at conferences and industrial trade fairs. The goal is to make contacts outside the normal Tango community which is today mainly based on large scientific facilities.
- Create a network of industrial partners with the goal of preparing a proposal for the European Horizon 2020 to request financing for the next phase of Tango. The industrial partners will be interviewed to determine how they see Tango in industry.
- Make Tango a de facto standard for instrumentation in research infrastructures in Europe and emerging countries. This can only be achieved by involving the engineers in the research infrastructures.
- Prepare a proposal to setup a Tango Foundation to manage Tango with industry in the future. The foundation will be financed by the members. A request will be made to the European Union Horizon 2020 programme for financing in the beginning.