ODVA expands conformance testing services for CIP Safety in Germany

06 January 2015

The Open DeviceNet Vendors Association (ODVA) has announced the authorisation of two test service providers to conduct ODVA conformance testing services for CIP Safety in Germany.

The Institute of Ergonomics, Manufacturing Systems and Automation (IAF) at the Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg has been authorised as a Test Service Provider (TSP) for CIP Safety on EtherNet/IP, while the Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units (ISW) at the University of Stuttgart has been authorised as a TSP for CIP Safety on Sercos. 

ODVA conformance testing provides industry with vendor-independent assurance that products built to ODVA specifications comply with those specifications and interoperate in multi-vendor installations. 

CIP Safety, ODVA’s media-independent protocol technology for the implementation of functional safety in networked control systems, is defined in ODVA’s implementation specification, The CIP Safety Specification which defines three possible network implementations for the CIP Safety technology – EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet and Sercos.

”Adoption of CIP Safety is becoming more widespread across industries and geographies,” explained Katherine Voss, president and executive director of ODVA. “ODVA’s expansion of conformance testing services for CIP Safety, at both its current TSP for EtherNet/IP in Magdeburg and also Sercos International’s existing test center for its technology, will benefit vendors and users of networked functional safety control systems with increased conformance testing capacity and availability in Germany, one of the world’s leading automation markets.”

To obtain an ODVA Declaration of Conformity to The CIP Safety Specification, a product must demonstrate conformity to the relevant network specification and to The CIP Safety Specification, plus must demonstrate overall compliance with IEC 61508 as determined by a competent body in functional safety. Initially, conformance testing at ISW will be available for Sercos slave devices and at IAF for EtherNet/IP target devices. 

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