Fewer conflicting standards? 5 industrial groups establish OpenO&M

Research Triangle Park, NC—ISA, MIMOSA, the OPC Foundation, the Open Applications Group Inc., and WBF established OpenO&M, a cooperative forum in which members will work to solve automation challenges through standardization and “harmonization” of industry guidelines. The move extends several prior cooperative announcements, dating to 2004; see below.


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, a cooperative forum in which members will work to solve automation challenges through standardization and “harmonization” of industry guidelines. The move extends several prior cooperative announcements, dating to 2004; see below.

Each organization has a different focus for its standards and specifications. The organizations in OpenO&M will work together to ensure cohesive standards and to bring together divergent and competitive approaches to standardization, while avoiding duplication of efforts and eliminating confusion for users. With collaboration and communication about development of manufacturing data exchange standards and implementation technologies, OpenO&M will stimulate improvement of specific standards and specifications overseen by the participants. The forum will facilitate user input and direction, as well as provide a coordinating function to exchange insights and to identify overlap.

"OpenO&M is not a new or separate standards body, and it is not an organization for the arbitration of technical questions. Instead, it's a forum where organizations can come together to work on projects that benefit the industry," said Alan Johnston, president of MIMOSA.

The principal organizations will exchange non-voting memberships on a no-fee basis. Principals will provide staff and officers to attend each other's meetings and to participate in standards development. Organizations will share minutes of their work group meetings, committee rosters, and draft documents. OpenO&M will encourage cross-participation in the work groups, project teams, and related committees.

Principals will work to reconcile differences, duplications, and inconsistencies in standards, as well as to exchange XML schema and communicate technology experiences and knowledge and to share implementations in the best interest of each organization. The organizations will cooperate in communicating benefits of manufacturing standards and implementation technologies to manufacturing companies and suppliers. OpenO&M will be administered by a steering committee, with a representative from each principal organization.

For related reading from Control Engineering , also read:

OAGIS collaborates with ISA, WBF Working Group

(September 2007)

Agreement: ISA, OAGi cooperate on data model standards

(February 2007)

ISA Expo 2004: OPC, ISA, MIMOSA define vision for manufacturing operations

(October 2004)

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