Whitepaper: Machine Vision and Industry 4.0
The Smart Factory and Industrial Internet of Things
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To employ remote access to the production line from virtual private networks, plants will need to establish consistent procedures for user login and authentication, privilege setting, activity recording and linking between protocols and appropriate IT directories and databases. Protocols will likely need to be configured and disseminated according to universal standards that can be "spoken" by all devices, regardless of manufacturer or function.
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Several universal protocols are currently in development:
OPC Unified Architecture
OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) or "The Industrial Interoperability Standard," was established by the independent OPC Foundation, of which Cognex is a member. It has been championed by the German Industrie 4.0 Committee. In 2016, in conjunction with the European automation engineering organization VDMA, the OPC Foundation started a Vision subcommittee to create an "OPC UA Machine Vision Companion Specification."
Open DeviceNet Vendor Association
The Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA) (of which Cognex is a member) owns and is advancing the specifications for Ethernet/IP and DeviceNet towards universal interoperability.
FANUC Intelligence Edge Link and Drive
One of the more recent entrants, the Intelligent Edge Link and Drive (FIELD) system, is being developed in a private industry collaboration among FANUC Corporation, (a Japan-based global supplier of robotics and factory automation); Cisco Systems; Rockwell Automation; and Preferred Networks, a provider of Artificial Intelligence solutions. A private industry collaboration led by FANUC is developing communication protocols for Industry 4.0.