ODVA was a pioneer in the application of commercial-off-the-shelf technologies (COTS) to information and communication technologies (ICT) used in industrial automation. Starting in 1995 with DeviceNet™, ODVA proved that COTS can work for factory applications by adapting the Controller Area Network (CAN) technology, widely used to connect smart devices inside automotive vehicles, to DeviceNet. DeviceNet reset expectations for control engineers who now realized the flexibility and ease-of-use possible from an open, non-proprietary technology defined in a standard specification and supported by hundreds of vendors — at a cost point previously not accessible in factory applications.
After getting DeviceNet off the ground, ODVA tackled the vexing problem of how to apply Ethernet to applications on the factory floor. By 2001, ODVA had succeeded in solving this problem and released the first edition of The EtherNet/IP™ Specification that combined the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP™) with TCP/IP and standard Ethernet to create EtherNet/IP™. Because EtherNet/IP was early to market and benefitted from the large number of DeviceNet Vendors who were already a part of the ODVA community, EtherNet/IP took off rapidly. The result was that ODVA once again was able to prove that COTS works well for factory applications. Since the introduction of EtherNet/IP, robustness of the technology and availability of products have exploded. EtherNet/IP interface costs have also continually dropped as mass volume microprocessor technology, such as ARMs, have worked their way into EtherNet/IP products. Today EtherNet/IP is one of the world’s leading industrial Ethernet networks with adoption in manufacturing applications throughout discrete, hybrid and process industries as well as general industrial automation.
In the future, a fourth industrial revolution will transform the world of industrial automation into a place comprising integrated cyber-physical systems. A new, more inclusive concept of “things” will evolve that connects many things on the plant floor to many things outside the plant. Technologies such as software-defined networks, time-sensitive networks, mobility and cloud — along with advances in industrial cybersecurity — will drive this transformation and help to make the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) a reality. Building on the success of its open standards for industrial networks in plant floor automation, ODVA is aligning the future evolution of its technology and standards to help drive this transformation.
ODVA’s concept and name for its overall vision and approach to the realization of the fourth industrial revolution is Optimization 4.0™. To understand more about ODVA’s approach to Optimization 4.0, read more about specific activities in the following areas:
- Optimization of Process Integration
- Optimization of Machine Integration
- Optimization of Energy Usage
- Optimization of Industrial Cybersecurity
With thought leadership from more than 300 corporate members, ODVA is one of the world’s leading global standards development and trade organizations aimed at the advancement and promotion of open, interoperable information and communication technologies for industrial automation. Optimization 4.0 reflects the consensus of ODVA’s thought leadership on focused topics where industry megatrends are shaping THE FUTURE OF INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION.