Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA — April 7, 2014 — ODVA announces it has formed a new special interest group (SIG) called the SIG for the DeviceNet™ of Things. The scope of work for this SIG is to develop enhancements to the ODVA specifications that will enable expanded adoption of DeviceNet to low cost, simple industrial devices that today are typically hardwired in the command-control and communication architecture of industrial plants. Ultimately the activity will make it cost-effective for users to connect many new types of devices into DeviceNet and to eliminate expensive and complex gateways by using a blended DeviceNet-EtherNet/IP system.

By extending DeviceNet to more types of devices, users will be able both to preserve their investment in DeviceNet and to leverage seamless connectivity with EtherNet/IP via ODVA’s Common Industrial Protocol or “CIP.” “The Internet of Things movement has established a basis for innovation of new smart “things” in the automation world, but the cost of Ethernet is still too high for many industrial “things” or devices,” said Katherine Voss, president and executive director of ODVA. “Users will be provided with the unparalleled business benefit of cost-competitive connectivity today for devices previously not connected, as well as systems engineered for the future that can evolve in step with the Internet of Things as the costs of Ethernet continue to decline.”

The SIG held its first meeting in conjunction with ODVA’s 2014 Industry Conference & 16th Annual Meeting of Members. As of the first meeting, six ODVA members had signed up to participate in the SIG, including Eaton Electrical, HMS Industrial Networks, Omron, Panduit, Rockwell Automation, and Weidmüller Interface. To achieve its business objectives to lower connectivity cost for simple, less expensive devices and to promote ease of use for network installation and commissioning, the initial phase of the SIG’s work will focus on development of the following:

  • an IP20-rated physical layer connection system that reduces device connection cost and installation time 
  • an auto addressing scheme that eliminates the need to set node addresses 
  • visibility into devices that until now have not had the ability to provide diagnostics. 

A future phase of work will focus on enhancements for an IP67-rated physical layer connection system. In 2015, ODVA expects The DeviceNet Specification to include enhancements from the first phase of work, with products following shortly after publication of the enhancements within the specification. 

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. 

For more information, contact:
Wendy Schweiger 
Fahlgren Mortine 
+1 216.298.4647 
wendy.schweiger at fahlgren.com 

Adrienne Meyer 
ODVA 
+1 734.975.8840 
ameyer at odva.org

DeviceNet, CIP and EtherNet/IP are trademarks of ODVA.