ODVA opens technology, training center

Ann Arbor, MI—To enhance conformance testing and certification practices for DeviceNet and EtherNet/IP products, the Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA), Boca Raton, FL) opened its Technology and Training Center here on Jan. 22.


Ann Arbor, MI— To enhance conformance testing and certification practices for DeviceNet and EtherNet/IP products, the Open DeviceNet Vendor Association

The Technology and Training Center includes a conformance laboratory for testing DeviceNet and EtherNet/IP products. This will help ODVA maintain best practices in conformance testing and reporting, and train test service providers worldwide. The center's lab also will allow ODVA to refine and expand conformance testing for DeviceNet and EtherNet/IP, as well as future tech-nologies that share the Control and Information Protocol (CIP) on which these networks are based.

"To meet the requirement of users, ODVA is committed to continually raising the conformance benchmark," says Katherine Voss, ODVA's executive director. "By advancing our processes and setting the gold standard for best practices in testing open networks, we reinforce our guarantee to the user community of interoperable multi-vendor systems."

Since ODVA established conformance testing of DeviceNet hardware in the 1990s, its confor-mance testing activities have grown to include EtherNet/IP products and specialized tests for De-viceNet power supplies, embedded technology products and semiconductor devices.

ODVA operates globally with offices in Europe and North America and affiliates in China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Australia and Europe. The organization was formed in April 1995 to sup-port worldwide growth of DeviceNet, an open communications standard designed to connect factory floor devices, such as sensors, pushbuttons, motor starters and drives, to control systems. ODVA added EtherNet/IP, which shares the Control and Information Protocol (CIP) with De-viceNet, to its technology portfolio in 2000. The association assists vendors, distributors and end-users of both networks with tools, training, conformance testing and marketing activities. It is also active in numerous industry standards bodies and consortia to promote the growth of com-munication standards based on open networks and protocols.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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