ODVA forms special interest group for machinery information | Automation.com

ODVA forms special interest group for machinery information

April 9, 2013 — ODVA will form a new special interest group (SIG) for machine information for the purpose of developing standards for the exchange of information between machines, and between machines and supervisory systems. The resulting standards will provide data models and network services to optimize the exchange of machine information for purposes, such as production, energy or condition monitoring, business intelligence, batch and recipe management, and multi-machine line control.

The formation of the SIG is one outgrowth of ODVA’s machinery initiative, which is aimed at the optimization of machine integration (or “OMI”). The major focus of the SIG will be the development of data models for logical grouping of machine attributes along with services necessary for exchange of data between machines and other machines or supervisory systems. To simplify communication between heterogeneous systems using EtherNet/IP and CIP, sercos III and/or OPC UA, whenever possible the approach will be to adopt protocol neutral data models, which can be adapted to any of the three technologies.

“Without such standard reporting methods and tools, manufacturers must rely on customized, and often proprietary, solutions in order to exchange machine information across systems or transmit data back and forth with the machine,” said Katherine Voss, president and executive director of ODVA. “The technical output of the SIG will help to further the vision of OMI to define open and interoperable standards for integration of machinery assets and systems into the production domain.”

ODVA will issue its call for SIG participants in the second quarter of 2013 with an organizational meeting of the SIG to be held immediately thereafter. The initial scope of work will focus on the information and communication technology needs for use cases related to machine-to-supervisory communication. Participants in the SIG are expected to include individuals from ODVA’s members, as well as technical experts from OPC Foundation and sercos international, ODVA’s alliance partners in its machinery initiative. Future work of the SIG will also address the needs of use cases related to machine-to-machine communication.

About ODVA
Founded in 1995, ODVA is a global association whose members are comprised of the world’s leading automation companies. ODVA’s mission is to advance open, interoperable information and communication technologies in industrial automation. ODVA recognizes its media independent network protocol, the Common Industrial Protocol or “CIP” – and the network adaptations of CIP – EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, CompoNet and ControlNet – as its core technology and the primary common interest of its membership. ODVA’s vision is to contribute to the sustainability and prosperity of the global community by transforming the model for information and communication technology in the industrial ecosystem. For future interoperability of production systems and the integration of the production systems with other systems, ODVA embraces the adoption of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and standard, unmodified Internet and Ethernet technologies as a guiding principle wherever possible. This principle is exemplified by EtherNet/IP – the world’s number one industrial Ethernet network.

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