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ODVA launches energy initiative

31 March 2011

The Open DeviceNet Vendors Association (ODVA) has launched a new energy initiative, in cooperation with suppliers including Cisco Systems, Rockwell Automation and Schneider Electric, to transform the industrial energy resource allocation model. The goal of ODVA's energy initiative is to develop a comprehensive approach to the optimisation of energy usage for the industrial consumer that is scalable, open and inclusive for both users and suppliers.

ODVA's energy approach will simplify the ability to understand energy consumption and enable control methodologies to optimise energy usage throughout the industrial ecosystem from the plant floor to the grid.

Although understanding energy consumption is critical to truly optimising plantwide operations, production planners have not had all the necessary tools. ODVA seeks to change this situation by fostering best practices in energy resource allocation, including visibility of energy data throughout the layers of the production information systems.

As the first action in its Energy initiative, ODVA has formed a special interest group (SIG) to develop specification enhancements for energy applications utilizing the Common Industrial Protocol. The work of the SIG will focus on developing energy parameters, objects and services for energy optimisation. Initial enhancements of the ODVA specifications are expected to be available in 2012.

ODVA will present an overview at its 2011 Industry Conference and 14th Annual meeting, to be held March 1-3, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information, click here.

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