Tuesday, March 27, 2012

ODVA’s Optimization of Machine Integration

We’ve talked a bit here about sercos’ continuing goal of providing total integration of communication between machinery and controls. In partnership with ODVA, the Optimization of Machine Integration initiative is a visionary roadmap to meet that end. OMI operates under the principle that the ever-increasing number of machines, controls, automation, and ERPs in existence demands a standardized form of communication between these elements to maximize innovation and productivity.

One of the most important factors in achieving this goal of standardization is the importance of an open-source framework – sort of like UNIX, for those familiar with computer programming – that enables all current and future machinery to be developed and integrated, vendor-blind, into any existing system. Saving countless hours of connectivity upgrades and modifications, the OMI standard can be used for large or small operations, ensures security for remote reporting and supervising purposes, and paves the way for unprecedented efficiency as automation technology continues to advance.

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