Legal Structure | History | Leadership | Work Groups
Founded in 1995, ODVA is a global association whose members comprise 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. 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.
ODVA is a trade and standards development organization consisting of member companies. No person or entity owns ODVA. ODVA direct its activities to promote the common interest of its members and not for the benefit of any particular member and, moreover, is required to do so by law because it is recognized by the United States Department of Treasury as a 501(c)6 business league. To qualify for membership, a company must manufacture, or exhibit well-documented plans to manufacture, hardware and/or software products that (A) integrate technologies of ODVA or (B) are designed to enhance the implementation, operation and/or support of hardware and/or software products that integrate technologies of ODVA in a multi-vendor systems environment.
ODVA is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, and incorporated in the State of Wisconsin, USA. As stated in its Articles of Incorporation recorded with the State of Wisconsin, ODVA is organized and operates for the following purposes:
- To promote the adoption of a viable industrial automation communications network standard based on the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP), including the promulgation of standards, the establishment of compliance criteria, and conformance and compatibility testing.
- To sponsor technical development and enhancement activities, marketing and promotion of conforming products, and vendor and user education, all as may be relative to the ODVA standards.
- To engage in any other lawful activity within the purposes with the purposes for which corporations may be organized under Chapter 181 of the Wisconsin Statutes which are complementary to or in support of the purposes stated in (1) and (2) above.
ODVA provides the legal framework for the collaboration of its members, who are in fact competitors, in support of ODVA’s purposes. Because ODVA’s members are competitors, ODVA takes measures to ensure that ensure that its activities are carried out in a manner that complies with antitrust and competition laws as they pertain to trade and standards development organizations. ODVA can provide this legal framework because governments around the world have recognized standards development as a pro-competitive activity that benefits industry overall. To ensure that the intellectual property created through the collaboration of its members remains pro-competitive, ODVA strives to produce work product, such as its technical specifications, that is vendor-neutral, open, and vibrant, while at the same time recognizing and protecting the legitimate intellectual property rights of its Members.
The policies governing ODVA’s activities in support of its purpose and the overall operation of ODVA are:
ODVA was founded on March 24, 1995 by a group of four companies — Omron, Rockwell Automation, Square D and Westinghouse Cutler-Hammer — as Open DeviceNet Vendor Association, Inc. It was founded for the initial purpose of promoting the adoption of DeviceNet including the promulgation of standards, establishment of compliance criteria and conformance testing. In 2001, ODVA and ControlNet International, Ltd., another trade and standards development organization, entered into a joint technology cooperation agreement for the purpose of promoting the adoption of EtherNet/IP including the promulgation of standards, establishment of compliance criteria and conformance testing. As a result of their successful cooperation pertaining to EtherNet/IP and because of the similarity of the activities pertaining to EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet, ODVA assumed the all rights and responsibilities pertaining to EtherNet/IP in 2009 and changed its legal name simply to ODVA, Inc. Concurrently, ControlNet International ceased its activities as a trade and standards development organization but continues to operate as wholly owned subsidiary of ODVA. Today, ODVA manages a technology portfolio, including technology licensing to vendors and members, for EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, ControlNet, CompoNet, the Common Industrial Protocol known as CIP, and the suite of distinctive CIP services including CIP Safety among others.
In 2014, ODVA launched a new brand architecture to unify and strengthen the ODVA and EtherNet/IP brands and their association with each other and its complete technology portfolio. The family of assets in ODVA technology portfolio today, along with correct usage of ODVA’s trademarks, is described in ODVA’s Brand Standards+Identity Guidelines.
Reflections on ODVA's Last 20 Years
Board of Directors
Dr. Rolf Birkhofer
Managing Director, Endress+Hauser Process Solutions
Endress+Hauser Process Solutions
Dr. Thomas Bürger
Vice President, Engineering Automation Systems
Lohr am Main, Germany
Executive Vice President, Cross Divisional Functions
Senior Vice President for Innovation & Technology and CTO, Industry Business
Ruell Malmaison, France
General Manager, Controller and Automation Systems, Industrial Automation Business
Dr. Jürgen Weinhofer
Vice President, Common Architecture & Technology
Mayfield Heights, Ohio, USA
Katherine Voss, President and Executive Director
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Phone: +1 734 975 8840
Joakim Wiberg, Chief Technology Officer
Christopher Lynch, Secretary
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Dr. Jürgen Weinhofer, Treasurer
Mayfield Heights, Ohio, USA
Technical Review Board
Joakim Wiberg, Chairman
HMS Industrial Networks
North Andover, Massachusetts, USA
San Jose, California, USA
Dr. Jörg Hähniche
Dr. Ludwig Leurs
Lohr am Main, Germany
Kusatsu City, Japan
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Mayfield Heights, Ohio, USA
Employees of ODVA members collaborate in various types of work groups aimed at advancing ODVA technologies and promoting adoption of ODVA technologies.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are formal technical working groups that have been approved to develop enhancements to the ODVA Specifications, as well as guidelines and recommendations for the application of ODVA technologies. SIGs with currently active work-in-process include:
The ODVA Roundtable for EtherNet/IP (Roundtable) is a community of EtherNet/IP implementors who share a common interest in helping to promote adoption, technical leadership and interoperability of EtherNet/IP through: (1) exploratory technical discussion and collaboration with peers within ODVA and industry and (2) interoperability PlugFests. The Roundtable operates a North American and European Tour with several stops in each region throughout the year and one PlugFest per year in each region. Primary deliverables of the Roundtable are: (1) recommendation documents which then may migrate into SIGs for consideration as official specification enhancements and (2) maintenance of and enhancements to PlugFest test plans.
Territory Alliance Groups (TAGs) and Regional Interest Communities (RICs) are groups of members who work together to promote adoption of ODVA technologies in a specific geography. Primary deliverables of TAGs and RICs are events to promote industry awareness and interest in ODVA technologies, such as seminars, and support of ODVA exhibits at industry trade shows. Active TAGs and RICs include:
- TAG China
- TAG Japan
- TAG Korea
- RIC Germany
- RIC Italy