SIG Missions

About ODVA Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

ODVA Special Interest Groups (SIGs) each have a unique mission.

The Special Interest Group for CIP Safety seeks to promote sustainability in industrial applications by means of applying communication network technology to achieve functional safety goals as defined by IEC-61508 and other relevant safety standards. To this end, the SIG seeks to develop standards for functional safety including data models for safety awareness, object(s) and service(s) for a device on a network to exchange safety information, object(s) and service(s) to control functional safety systems via network communications, and profiles for safety devices and applications.

The Special Interest Group for DeviceNet Physical Layer seeks to maintain and enhance ODVA Specifications related to the physical layer of DeviceNet by maintaining the specifications with minor technical updates or clarifications, creating specification enhancements on new technologies, and maintaining the Planning and Installation Manual for DeviceNet Cable System with updates and clarifications.

The Special Interest Group for Distributed Motion and Time Synchronization seeks to enhance and maintain the ODVA Specifications in the manner needed to serve industrial automation applications for high performance motion control that is executed by distributed intelligent controllers and drives, and systems requiring time synchronization of multiple devices including, but not limited to, drives.

The Special Interest Group for EtherNet/IP in the Process Industries seeks to fulfill the vision of the Optimization of Process Integration (OPI) by leveraging the inherent strengths of EtherNet/IP, encompassing existing industry standards, and augmenting EtherNet/IP’s strengths with enhancements to the ODVA Specifications.

The Special Interest Group for EtherNet/IP Infrastructure seeks to promote standards for infrastructure devices used in communication networks that implement the EtherNet/IP adaptation of the Common Industrial Protocol. These standards are intended for the purpose of achieving ease-of-use and reliability of these networks.

The Special Interest Group for EtherNet/IP Physical Layer seeks to maintain and enhance ODVA Specifications related to the physical layer of EtherNet/IP by maintaining the specifications with minor technical updates or clarifications, creating specification enhancements on new technologies, and maintaining the EtherNet/IP Planning and Installation Guide with updates and clarifications.

The Special Interest Group for EtherNet/IP System Architecture seeks to further the development of the EtherNet/IP protocol, enabling vendors to create interoperable products that address end-user application problems.

The Special Interest Group for IO-Link Integration seeks to promote interoperability of ODVA technologies with heterogeneous networks, specifically by developing a fully-featured, robust, innovative and interoperable approach to the integration of IO-Link devices into systems using the Common Industrial Protocol.

The Special Interest Group for Modbus Integration seeks to promote interoperability of ODVA technologies with heterogeneous networks, specifically by developing a fully-featured, robust, innovative and interoperable approach to the integration of Modbus devices into systems using the Common Industrial Protocol on various stacks such as TCP/IP and Serial Line.

The Special Interest Group for xDS Digital Device Descriptions develops and maintains ODVA’s next generation of device description artifacts. To this end, the SIG seeks to create a specification for a robust, extensible, secure artifact, which will make integration of EtherNet/IP devices in vendor ICS integration tools as simple and re-usable as possible; eliminate the need for two different artifacts for device integration and ODVA conformance testing; support an approach to technical implementation by developers that is scalable from simple to complex devices and from device to system suppliers; and provide methods to simplify adoption by device vendors. The result will benefit vendors and users of EtherNet/IP through value-added services made possible by context-rich device data aligned with workflow needs.