Promising news as IIoT/CIP standards take another step forward

While the value in incorporating intelligent automation is clear, the thought of shifting decades old manufacturing processes can be daunting for automation professionals. Major platform updates to modern IP-based buses and IIoT compatibility and the uncertainty over which architecture will prevail is preventing many companies from moving forward.

2017 comes to a close with a promising update from the two major governing bodies in this arena - which is good news for anyone setting an automation-upgrade agenda for the coming year.

In the words of these committees, “We are pleased to announcing the release of a joint white paper on architecture alignment and interoperability between the IIRA and RAMI 4.0. The joint white paper, Architecture Alignment and Interoperability, presents the mapping and alignment between the two leading reference architecture models, the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA) and the Reference Architecture Model for Industrie 4.0 (RAMI4.0), published by the two organizations, respectively. It is the first substantial report on the joint effort between these two organizations since they started their collaboration about one and half years ago.”

"This white paper reaffirms the understanding of and documents the highly complementary nature of these two reference architectures: the IIRA addresses concerns about IIoT emphasizing broad applicability and interoperability across industries while RAMI 4.0 focuses mainly on manufacturing and the related value chain lifecycles in depth."


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