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Contact: Jennifer Infantino
Manufacturing Interoperability Working Group Establishes Guiding Principles for Convergence
Research Triangle Park, NC (7 August 2006) - The Manufacturing Interoperability Guideline Working Group has established a set of principles for converging the OAGi, ISA-95, and B2MML activities.
"It's an important milestone in our development process, because we've been able to come together and agree on the main points of our process and how we want to drive our activities in the future," said Gary Sullivan of BWXT and chairman of the Working Group.
The group has decided to normalize manufacturing interoperability standards for process, discrete, and mixed-mode manufacturing using the
ISA-95 and OAGi models. They will work together on the ISA-95 Part 4, Object Models, and may later update ISA-95 Parts 1 and 2.
The guiding principles state that ISA-95 standards documentation should facilitate development of software services under a service-oriented architecture. This type of framework would provide semantic interoperability and reduce cost and complexity of IT systems integration.
A consistent and expanded set of business object models, terminology, and transactions will be developed within the scope of the ISA-95 and OAGi standards, including generally accepted practices for discrete and process industries. Using ISA-95 and OAGi manufacturing standards and other related work, these guidelines would include the optimal set of proven and adopted best practices.
The group intends to make sure that the standards and messages work with established methodologies and practices adopted by UN/CEFACT including Naming and Design Rules (NDR) and proposed Core Components Technical Specifications (CCTS).
An additional guiding principle of the group states that acceleration of normalization activities is to be supported under the ISA-95 and OAGi organizational charters. Customer industry sources will, when necessary, supplement available funding from the ISA and OAGi standards bodies.
The final guiding principle accepted by the group focuses on a prioritization of efforts by ensuring that recommendations are developed to find the right technical solution that delivers the greatest benefits to the manufacturing software industry, customers, and general public.
More information about the Manufacturing Interoperability Working Group, including minutes of the regular monthly meetings, is available at www.isa.org/mnfginterop.
The Manufacturing Interoperability Guideline Working Group is led by five principal member organizations - OAG, OPC, MIMOSA, WBF, and ISA - which together represent end-users and suppliers from across the process, discrete, and mixed-mode manufacturing industries. In addition, the Manufacturing Interoperability Standards Customer Advisory Council (IOpCAC), representing major manufacturing organizations from across industry, is a key participant in the initiative.
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