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ODVA has launched a Machinery Initiative, designed to improve the integration of machinery with the industrial manufacturing ecosystem, to help machine builders drive productivity improvements.

ODVA’s open approach to its framework will include alliances with other vendor-neutral standards development organisations, starting with Sercos International (SI) and OPC Foundation, to foster cross-collaboration on topics of mutual interest for machinery applications.

According to ODVA, users are increasingly relying on machine builders to provide the functionality needed to integrate machines with overall production processes and the enterprise.

The company’s 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 optimisation, which includes key application areas related to safety, energy and motion; connectivity; information exchange; and device definition and configuration.

Building on the existing collaboration between ODVA and SI in the area of functional safety, SI has agreed to participate with ODVA as an alliance partner in its Machinery Initiative.

According to SI, this has created substantial technical and market synergies for the safety network community.

As its first action in its Machinery Initiative, ODVA has formed a task force to identify key milestones to ensure the appropriate input is received from machine builders on the process.

The initiative will encompass technical work by the organisation, as well as workshops with its alliance partners to identify initial areas of cross collaboration.

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.

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