Three automation industry groups – Omac (the Organisation for Machine Automation and Control), the OPC Foundation, and PLCopen – have joined forces to help advance the communications protocols needed for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The organisations develop and promote standards to improve manufacturing efficiency, but until now they have been working in parallel on different aspects of automation standardization.
They say that their work will align with the goal of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) to identify and define building blocks for interoperability that will make smart factories and IIoT possible.
Interoperability between devices and machines that use different protocols is a challenge to achieving the full potential of the IIoT. By collaborating on companion specifications to the standards and protocols that they have already developed, Omac, OPC Foundation, and PLCopen believe they can advance the quality and efficiency of data sharing and communication at the machine and production line and up through the enterprise.