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AAS Suite - Designer and Marketplace for Asset Administration Shells

You want to create Asset Administration Shells (AAS) and are looking for the right tool?
Our AAS Suite with AAS Designer allows you to create, validate and edit them easily and quickly on the web and make them available on the AAS Marketplace.

Our Designer facilitates the easy creation of an AAS, even for beginners.

It can accompany in the creation process step by step with basic submodels like Digital Nameplate, Handover Documentation etc., if desired, and provides many assistance functions.

Even experienced users can use this tool to create, validate and edit or edit asset administration shells quickly and easily. After completing the work, the user can be sure to have a correct AAS.

These AAS can be shared within the Designer with colleagues in one's own company or published on the Marketplace.

In addition, finished AAS can be deployed and instantiated from the Designer into an AAS Registry/AAS Repository System.

Currently implemented sub-models of the IDTA

Meta-Level is member of the IDTA - Industrial Digital Twin Asociation. At IDTA, new sub-models for AAS are continuously made available. These sub-models are essential for the content design of an AAS. We are continuously working on making the sub-models released by the IDTA available in our designer.

It is also possible to create your own sub-models or modify and work with the already existing ones.


The AAS Designer was developed as part of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research-funded project "BaSys ├╝berProd".

The Marketplace is the central hub for the provision and exchange of AAS.

On the Marketplace, a user can search AAS that have been published by other users and download these in form of an aasx package in order to use them.

Registered users can place AAS on the Marketplace. Within the AAS Designer it is possible to load AAS from the Marketplace and edit them there. AAS created in the Designer can be published to the Marketplace at the push of a button.


The Viewer allows the data stored in an AAS to be made human readable and viewed.

The Viewer, which is included in the AAS Designer, Marketplace, Compare Tool and Reader, displays the contents of an AAS in a quick, easy-to-read, and visually appealing view.

For example, measurement data, which is available in the form of time series data, can be loaded for a selectable time period and displayed clearly in a graph.


With the Reader, the data of an AAS stored as a QR code can be made readable and viewed.

The Reader is an extension of the Viewer included in the AAS Designer and Marketplace.

In the Marketplace, a link and a QR code can be generated for each published AAS. By scanning the QR code with the AAS Reader, the Viewer displays the AAS content in a readable and visually appealing form.


AAS can be easily generated automatically with the Feed Application.

In order to generate an AAS for each individual product in production, due to the large quantity it is not practical to create Asset Administration Shells manually. For this reason, the Feed Application is available in the AAS Designer, with which AAS can be generated automatically.

Based on a type AAS as a kind of template, values are defined for the fields in the various submodels. This determines where this data should come from and how it is linked to external data sources. You choose once from various methods how the data should be inserted, e.g. by a fixed value, a function call, a web service call or from a CSV file, etc. In this way, large quantities of product AAS (instances) can be generated at the touch of a button or automatically via the integrated REST API.

Compare Tool

The Compare Tool makes it possible to compare Asset Administration Shells with each other.

An important concept of the Asset Administration Shell is the standardized data structure. This allows assets to be compared in terms of their technical specification, operating data (energy consumption, efficiency in certain areas, etc.), interoperability, expandability, security features, compliance and certifications and much more. shows as a freely usable example application how such a comparison can look. Currently, the submodels Technical Data, Article Information and parts of the Digital Nameplate are compared. The IDTA-compliant API of the AAS enables this comparison for AAS from different repositories of different providers.


We also provide different Services in the field of AAS.

We also offer further services in the area of AAS. Do you want to learn about the possibilities of using AAS, set up your first projects with it or even carry out a proof-of-concept? Do you need help in setting up a software infrastructure to work with AAS and use it beneficially in your company? Or do you need a special, customised software solution? We can also support you here!

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The idea and motivation for the development of the AAS Suite

AAS - The future standard interfaces for machines, their components and assets

The Asset Administration Shell (AAS) is designed to be the future standard for data communication between machines and IT systems in Industrie 4.0 environments. It is used as a standardised interface between all types of industrial machines, including robots, production lines, conveyors, etc. and their respective components or parts. It also enables the integration and interaction of processes or virtual assets. AAS serves as the content basis for the conception and creation of digital twins, i.e. AAS is their data representation.

The definition of this interface and the associated concept has been advanced and developed in recent years by projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (e.g. BaSys 4.x). In order to establish this standard in daily use, a large group of well-known companies has founded an association, the IDTA - Industrial Digital Twin Association (currently over 100 members).

The software

It's often difficult to create an asset administration shell. The documentation of the definition contains several hundred pages. An AAS usually consist of several sub-models representing different aspects of an asset. In order to create these and fill them with meaningful content, you need experts who deal intensively with the topic. Of course, this is not desirable for a standard interface.

As a result, Meta-Level Software AG offers the AAS Designer, which allows users to create their own asset administration shells. It helps them by providing various support functions so that they don't need to be experts any longer. Additionaly there is an expert mode in which experienced users can also quickly create and edit their own asset administration shells. Within the Designer, AAS can be shared within the company. Via the AAS Marketplace, an AAS can be made publicly available.

The tools of the AAS Suite with the Designer are available in the current version 3 of the specification of the AAS published by the IDTA!

Get into contact

You would like to learn more about the AAS Suite or have further questions?

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