Modular automation has rapidly gained dominance; in fact, with systems consisting of several stand-alone modules, operations become much more flexible and faster than they were with conventional systems designed from individual parts.

Module Type Package (MTP) –
The Way to a Modular System

Challenges Facing Adaptable Production

Consumer behavior has definitely changed. Goods custom-made for the individual buyer, while once considered as rather a luxury, are now simply expected. And the consequences for production? It must keep pace, so continually shrinking batch sizes can still be manufactured profitably. New production structures are called for, along with a new approach in mechanical and plant engineering.

The DIMA concept (Decentralized Intelligence for Modular Applications) that WAGO introduced in 2014 was the impetus for the NAMUR recommendation NE 148, followed by the standard VDI/VDE/NAMUR 2658. This is the basis for MTP (Module Type Package), which enables modern production design.

The MTP Solution

With the Module Type Package (MTP), properties of process modules are functionally described – regardless of manufacturer and technology. The self-contained modules, which can come from different manufacturers, are easily reused and interconnected into complex overall systems with little effort. Functionalities encapsulated within the modules reduce dependencies among each other, ensuring largely interference-free behaviors.

Your Benefits:

  • Simple integration and exchangeability of system modules

  • Greater flexibility and speed through reusable, standardized modules

  • Module Description with Just One Click

What is MTP and What Can It Do?

An MTP includes the following information:

  • Description of the data objects
  • Description of the control image
  • In the future: Description of services, etc.

This description file can be read in and processed by higher-level systems, such as visualization or process control systems, called “Process Orchestration Layer” (POL) in the following. Given is basic intention and functionality, MTP can be accurately compared to a printer driver. The driver, too, has the goal of connecting subsystems − in this case, a printer – to a central computer, regardless of manufacturer. Connect, switch on – print. Or, in the jargon of factory automation and process technology, “Plug and Produce.”


Use of MTP prevents errors, standardizes the data interfaces to the modules and saves a great deal of time during commissioning.

Sören Mirbach, Product Manager at WAGO Kontakttechnik

What Branches Does MTP Affect?

Process Industry

In the chemical and pharmaceuticals industries, modular production technology design clears the way to quick production plant changeover, to adapt capacity to predominating sales conditions and to bring new developments to market more quickly.

Marine & Offshore

Nowadays, bigger and bigger ships are built in less and less time. Modern container leviathans and cruise ships rely on increasingly complex technologies. MTP opens the way to seamlessly and quickly link together machine and system components, without bringing time-consuming discussions over interfaces in the ship automation system.

Manufacturing Industry

The manufacturing industry is facing new demands and challenges: simultaneous cost reduction and performance improvement, Industry 4.0 and more flexible production. In these times of transformation, WAGO is your expert guide, supporting you with innovative solutions and reliable products – in all areas of production.

For Whom Is MTP Relevant?

System Operators

Discover how you can react faster to market demands by making your systems more adaptable.

Module Engineers

One-click module engineering: Seize the benefits of MTP.


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Library MTP; Single License; Online activation (2759-208/211-1000)

Modular systems are becoming increasingly common in manufacturing and process engineering. Fluctuating quantities and highly specialized products require efficient production in small quantities. Modular systems are also used in other industries (e.g., shipbuilding) where simple integration into higher-level systems is the key to success.

e!COCKPIT MTP; Single License; Online activation (2759-120/1121-1000)

The add-on e!COCKPIT MTP extends the functionality of e!COCKPIT and allows you to create a Module Type Package (MTP) description of an automation module in accordance with the VDI/VDE/NAMUR 2658 standard jointly adopted by Namur, ZVEI and VDMA.


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