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

How Flexible Is Your System?

Adaptable processes offer great opportunities – this also applies to production. Fluctuating quantities and highly specialized products require efficient production and easy integration into higher-level systems. Together with NAMUR and ZVEI, WAGO has paved the way for the “Module Type Package”. With its MTP solutions, WAGO can help you take advantage of these opportunities and make your processes or those of your customers flexible and adaptable. With MTP, you can also shorten system startup times – and go live earlier than your competition. Interested? Then find out more about our flexible module engineering in our “Module Type Package” video.

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 its 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.”


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.

» 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

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.

What Branches Does MTP Affect?

Process Industry

In the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, modular production technology design clears the way for rapid production plant changeovers, adapting capacity to current sales trends and bringing new developments to the 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.


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

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The e!COCKPITMTP add-on extends the functionality of e!COCKPIT and makes it possible to create a Module Type Package (MTP) description of an automation module with just one click according to the VDI/VDE/NAMUR 2658 standard adopted jointly by NAMUR, ZVEI and VDMA.

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