Following, you may find Associations and Consortiums supporting Technologies we propose, or grouping Producers of Solutions for these Technologies.

BACnet Interest Groups – BACnet

BACnet has been under active development since June of 1987 when the first meeting of Standard Project Committee (SPC) 135P took place at the ASHRAE Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

The “P” in “135P” meant that the standard was in the process of being “proposed”.

Ira Goldschmidt, a member of the SPC since the early days and now a member of the follow-on SSPC (Standing SPC), recently authored an article that appeared in the Association of Energy Engineers’ “Strategic Planning for Energy and the Environment” fall issue called the “Development of BACnet”.

Describing the entire gory process, more or less from the first moments to the present day, this is must reading for anyone interested in how BACnet came to be.

BACnet marketing activity is performed by the BACnet Interest Groups active worldwide : in Europe the BACnet Interest Group Europe is active, in other Countries the BACnet Interest Groups are present.

Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group – Ethernet POWERLINK

It is not without reason that POWERLINK”s user organization is called “Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group” (EPSG).

POWERLINK has been setting new standards in Industrial Ethernet for years, and provides the only real-time Ethernet standard in the true sense of the word.

Since POWERLINK is a software solution that relies on standard hardware components and fully standard-compliant Ethernet frames, the EPSG can truly claim to measure up to its name.

The international organization fuels the enhancement and ongoing development of POWERLINK as well as marketing activities for the open, ASIC-less standard.

New members joining this organization have a say in it right away and become, in a manner of speaking, “co-owners” of the probably most successful real-time Ethernet Technology in the world.

In the meantime, the protocol has won the confidence and commitment of more than 450 supporters, manufacturers and users, resulting in over 90.000 POWERLINK series machines in use worldwide.

EtherCAT Technology Group – EtherCAT

The EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) is the forum in which key user Companies from various industries and leading Automation Suppliers join forces to support, promote and advance the EtherCAT Technology.

EtherCAT is an open Technology.

The EtherCAT Technology Group stands for this approach and ensures that every interested Company may implement and use EtherCAT.

At the same time, the EtherCAT Technology Group aims to ensure the compatibility of EtherCAT implementations, by defining functional requirements, conformance tests as well as certification procedures.

ETG”s goal is to ensure that EtherCAT Technology meets and exceeds the requirements of the widest possible application range.

In order to accomplish this goal, the group combines leading control and application experts from Machine Builders, System Integrators, End Users and Automation Suppliers, to provide both qualified feedback about application of the existing Technology and proposals for future extensions of the specification.

FDI Cooperation – FDI (Field Device Integration)

FDI Cooperation promotes FDI (Field Device Integration).

The five major automation Foundations, FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International, and OPC Foundation, have developed a single common solution for Field Device Integration (FDI).

FDI Technology will provide a common solution for managing information of intelligent field devices for the various tasks associated with all phases of their lifecycle, from configuration, commissioning, and diagnostics to calibration.

This makes different solutions for different devices obsolete.

FDI is a truly unified solution that addresses end user requirements across the spectrum.

FDT Group – FDT (Field Device Technology)

FDT Group is an open, independent, not-for-profit association of international companies dedicated to establishing the FDT Technology as an international standard with broad acceptance in the automation industry.

It is open to all companies that wish to participate.

The FDT Group was started in early 2003 as an informal association by ABB, Endress+Hauser, Invensys, Metso and Siemens.

With a growing number of members, it was decided to formally organize it as a legally independent entity.

Therefore the FDT Group was founded in September 2005 as an International Not-For-Profit Association (AISBL) according to Belgian law.

The Group is headed by a Board of Directors, elected by the General Assembly.

The Board of directors decides on the Group’s strategy and appoints an Executive Committee which is responsible for the execution.

The strategy’s practical implementation is assigned to several working groups responsible for technology development, marketing, associations & standardization, and administration.

A special Work Group is dedicated to organizing Users Forums as the key platform for end users to give their input and feedback.

To see the organization of the FDT Group in detail have a look at the organizational chart.

As of May 2011, 82 companies within the Factory and Process Automation industries have pledged their support to FDT Technology and the FDT Group.

FDT specification is freely available to all companies that wish to utilize it.

ODVA – EtherNet/IPTM, DeviceNetTM, CompoNetTM, and ControlNetTM

ODVA, founded in 1995, is a global Association whose members are comprised of the world’s leading Automation Companies.

ODVA’s mission is to advance open, interoperable Information and Communication Technologies in Industrial Automation.

ODVA recognizes its media independent network protocol, the Common Industrial Protocol (“CIP”) and the network adaptations of CIPTM (EtherNet/IPTM, DeviceNetTM, CompoNetTM, and ControlNetTM) as its core Technology and the primary common interest of its membership.

ODVA’s vision is to contribute to the sustainability and prosperity of the global community, by transforming the model for Information and Communication Technology in the industrial ecosystem.

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 principle is exemplified by EtherNet/IPTM, the world’s number one Industrial Ethernet network.

ODVA Technologies include, as said, the EtherNet/IPTM, DeviceNetTM, CompoNetTM, and ControlNetTM networks, based on the Common Industrial Protocol (CIPTM).

As a single, media-independent platform that is shared by a variety of networking Technologies, the Common Industrial Protocol (CIPTM) provides the interoperability and interchangeability that is essential to open Networks and Systems.

ODVA’s network extensions CIP SafetyTM, CIP SyncTM and CIP MotionTM provide the simplest means possible of integrating networks for safety, synchronization and motion into the wider enterprise network topology.


PI INTERNATIONAL (PROFIBUS AND PROFINET INTERNATIONAL) is the largest no-profit organisation for Industrial Communication, probably worldwide leader in Fieldbus Technology.

It is a worldwide network of 27 national associations (RPARegional Profibus Association), present in different Countries with :

  • more than 1.400 associated Companies
  • 54 Competence Centers (PICC – PI Competence Centers)
  • 27 Training Centers (PITC – PI Training Centers)
  • 10 Test Laboratories (PITL – PI Test Laboratories).

The international standardisation activity is developed through 5 technical committees, with globally 35 workgroups.

It leads a global network of Companies, Developers, System Integrators and Users with the common interest in promoting, supporting and using PROFINET® and PROFIBUS®.

It hosts different active Workgroups, responsible for developing, standardising and maintaining PROFINET® and PROFIBUS®.

A global PI INTERNATIONAL network of Providers of Test Services, Training and Certification also exists.

PI INTERNATIONAL in 2009 feasted its first 20 activity years.

PI INTERNATIONAL is represented in each Country by its local RPAs (Regional PI Association), to find the RPA that”s nearest to you please visit the PI INTERNATIONAL website.