Home » ODVA, OPC and SERCOS Partner in Machine-Builder Initiative
ODVA, OPC and SERCOS Partner in Machine-Builder Initiative
ODVA has launched a Machinery Initiative designed to improve the integration of machinery with the industrial manufacturing ecosystem. Through this initiative, ODVA will develop a comprehensive and open interoperability framework that will help machine builders drive innovation and productivity improvements for end users. ODVA's open approach to its framework will include alliances with other vendor-neutral standards development organizations, starting with SERCOS International and the OPC Foundation, to foster cross-collaboration on topics of mutual interest for machinery applications.
"ODVA embraces an open and inclusive approach to innovation in information and communication technology for OEM machinery," said Katherine Voss, executive director, ODVA. "ODVA looks forward to collaboration with its members, as well as increased dialogue with other open standards development organizations for the benefit of both vendors and users."
Katherine Voss, executive director of ODVA, has
announced an interoperability framework initiative.
Users are increasingly relying on machine builders to provide the functionality needed to integrate machines with overall production processes and the enterprise. Research into the OEM machinery market identified four key areas where focus on an open interoperability framework can provide this functionality. These areas include machine optimization, which includes application areas related to safety, energy and motion, as well as connectivity; information exchange; and device definition and configuration.
Building on the existing collaboration between ODVA and SERCOS International (SI) in the area of functional safety, SI has agreed to participate with ODVA as an alliance partner in its Machinery Initiative.
"The cooperation with ODVA and the joint support of CIP Safety has created substantial technical and market synergies for the safety network community," said Peter Lutz, managing director, SI. "These positive experiences are what convinced SI to expand its collaboration with ODVA."
As a standards development organization for SCADA systems, the OPC Foundation is very excited about participation as an ODVA alliance partner. "Focus on this interoperable framework will provide guidance to machine builders on designing equipment for superior connectivity, helping end users access data from their machinery, and correlate it with data derived from their control, SCADA and MES systems," said Tom Burke, president and executive director, OPC Foundation.
As its first action in its Machinery Initiative, ODVA has formed a task force to identify key milestones to ensure appropriate input is received from machine builders on the process. The initiative will encompass technical work by the organization, as well as workshops with its alliance partners to identify initial areas of cross collaboration.
"End users seek integration and connectivity of their plant-wide systems to all their key assets, especially OEM-machinery, in order for their production and enterprise applications to measure and better understand what is happening in their manufacturing processes, helping to cut costs and increase productivity," according to Craig Resnick, research director, ARC Advisory Group. "ODVA's Machinery Initiative will enable end users to access data previously hidden in their machines by eliminating technical barriers, then leveraging this data into actionable information that can be used to provide business value, such as overall equipment effectiveness and other key performance indicators."
West Texas Investigation Hampered by Inter-Agency Cat Fight
ATF and CSB in dispute about access to plant, witnesses, evidence.
ProComSol Distributes PowerXpress HART Power Solution
ProComSol Announces It Now Distributes PowerXpress HART Calibration Power Solution
Fieldbus Foundation Launches Project Gemstone
New initiative is designed to make the fieldbus experience easier, more application-centered.
Pressure Sensors Monitor Remote Field Safety Trailers
AST Pressure sensors are used to monitor Nomadic safety trailers in the field in remote oil field locations.
Great Moments in Process Automation History
Take a broken soda fountain machine, a car a.c. unit, flavor mixes, water and CO2, add inventiveness; you get America’s favorite frozen drink.
Smart Grid: Independent Testing Of Rossi's E-Cat Cold Fusion Device Shows Positive Results
Forbes magazine's tech contributor Mark Gibbs writes that independent testing of Andrea Rossi's E-CAT Cold Fusion Reactor has positive results.The implications of the possible commercialization of cold fusion power sources are incredible.
Compressor Controls: Saudi Aramco Buys First GE Compressor Control Systems
Saudi Aramco has purchased advanced compressor control technology from GE for the Haradh GOSP-1 facility in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province.
SANS Control Security Training Coming to Houston
SANS Institute will hold ICS Security Training event on June 10-15 in Houston
ISA Training Through June in Houston
Technician training, engineering survival and SIS boot camps for condensed, intense, comprehensive educational experience.
NIST Releases Initial Cyber Security Framework Comment Analysis
The National Institute for Standards and Technology has released an initial analysis of the hundreds of comments by industry and the public they have received on the Obama Administration's "Improving Critical Infrastructure Cyber Security" executive order.
- All news »
Access the entire print issue on-line and be notified each month via e-mail when your new issue is ready for you. Subscribe today.
- Featured White Papers