ODVA welcomes increased participation from Bosch Rexroth

01 March 2011

Drive and control technology company, Bosch Rexroth has become a principal member of ODVA, joining industrial suppliers such as Cisco Systems, Rockwell Automation, Omron and Schneider Electric.

The company’s increased participation extends from its long-term support of ODVA technologies and the ODVA organization in which it has been an active member for several years.

ODVA is hoping that having another leading industrial automation supplier supporting it will help further establish global standards that integrate the three main domains of the industrial enterprise to the market – production, enterprise and utility – through automation and interoperability. The aim it to offer user benefits from reduced risk through lower cost of ownership and global, multi-vendor solutions for automation systems.

Commenting on the announcement, Dr. Bernd-Josef Schäfer, senior vice president, Technical Electric Drives and Controls in the Business Unit Industrial Applications, Bosch Rexroth, said: “Our customers demand open, interoperable solutions for core product offerings in drives and controls, and our ability to meet this demand will be enhanced by the increased integration of ODVA technologies into our solutions, especially EtherNet/IP.”

“Through our increased collaboration inside ODVA with other industrial automation companies, Bosch Rexroth looks forward to helping industry achieve integration from device level up to enterprise business systems that is possible with industrial Ethernet and Internet technologies.”

Katherine Voss, executive director at ODVA, said: “ODVA welcomes the increased participation of Bosch Rexroth as a principal member as well as their expertise in such areas as motion control and OEM machinery. Their engagement as a principal member will significantly increase ODVA’s ability to drive a holistic and integrated view of the industrial enterprise.”

ODVA’s mission is to advance open, interoperable information and communication technologies in industrial automation. The media-independent network protocol, the Common Industrial Protocol or ‘CIP’ – and the network adaptations of CIP – EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, CompoNet and ControlNet – are its core technology. For future interoperability of production systems and the integration of the production systems with other systems, ODVA embraces the adoption of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and standard, unmodified Internet and Ethernet technologies as a guiding principle wherever possible. This principal is exemplified by EtherNet/IP – the world’s number one industrial Ethernet network.

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