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Communication Network for Manufacturing Applications

Objective

The objective of the CNMA project was to select, implement and demonstrate profiles of existing and emerging communications standards in real production environments, thus extending MAP developments. Widespread acceptance of the communications methodologywas encouraged by providing implementation guides and common testing procedures. The project addressed all layers of the ISO/OSI model, particularly layers 6 and 7.
The development and compilation of the implementation guide and conformance testing tools proceeded at the same time.
The objective of the communications network for manufacturing applications (CNMA) project was to select, implement and demonstrate profiles of existing and emerging communications standards in real production environments, thus extending manufacturing automation protocol (MAP) developments. Widespread acceptance of the communications methodology was encouraged by providing implementation guides and common testing procedures. The project addressed all layers of the International Standards Organization (ISO) open system interconnection (OSI) model, particularly layers 6 and 7. The development and compilation of the implementation guide and conformance testing tools proceeded at the same time.
A phase I implementation guide was publised in October 1986 and was widely circulated. The phase 2 implementation guide was published at the beginning of 1988.
The achievements of the first phase of the project were demonstrated at the Hannover Fair in April 1987. A typical manufacturing cell was controlled by computing hardware from 5 vendors, interworking by using CNMA communications software. The success of this demonstration drew attention to the feasibility of multivendor systems and affected the development of the relevant international standards.
A Phase I Implementation Guide was published in October 1986 and was widely circulated. The Phase 2 Implementation Guide was published at the beginning of 1988.
The achievements of the first phase of the project were demonstrated at the Hannover Fair in April 1987. A typical manufacturing cell was controlled by computing hardware from five vendors, interworking by using CNMA communications software. The success of this demonstration drew attention to the feasibility of multivendor systems and affected the development of the relevant international standards.
Exploitation
The CNMA Phase 2 software was demonstrated by participation in the Enterprise Networking Event'88 International in Baltimore in June 1988. This underlined the compatibility of the CNMA and MAP profiles of communications standards, and provided an opportu nity for Europe to influence the development of MAP standards. Siemens demonstrated a MAP 3.0/SINEC gateway at the 1989 Hannover Fair. A product release based on this device took place in the third quarter of 1989. The CNMA profiles are used in real production applications by BMW, British Aerospace and Aeritalia. In parallel with the specification and development of communications software, conformance testing tools were released to testing institutes.

Coordinator

BRITISH AEROSPACE PLC
Address
Strand Road
PR1 8UD Preston
United Kingdom

Participants (12)

Alenia - Aeritalia & Selenia SpA
Italy
Address
Piazzale Tecchio
80125 Napoli
BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AG (BMW)
Germany
Address
Knorrstrabe
8000 München
BULL SA
France
Address
7 Rue Ampère
91343 Massy
CGE-TITN
France
Address
Rue Denis Papin Za La Vigne Aux Loups
91380 Chilly-mazarin
ELF AQUITAINE
France
Address
Centre De Recherche De Solaize
69360 Saint-symphorien-d'ozon
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung eV (FhG)
Germany
Address
Sebastian-kneipp-straße 12-14
76131 Karlsruhe
General Electric Company plc
United Kingdom
Address
Stanhope Gate
W1A 1EH London
International Computers Ltd (ICL)
United Kingdom
Address
Kidsgrove Westfields Kidsgrove
ST7 1TL Stoke-on-trent
Olivetti Systems & Networks Srl
Italy
Address
Via Gaetano Negri 8
20123 Milano
PEUGEOT SA
France
Address
62 Boulevard Victor Hugo
92208 Neuilly-sur-seine
SIEMENS AG
Germany
Address
Günther Sharousky Straße
91020 Erlangen
SIEMENS-NIXDORF INFORMATIONSSYSTEME AG
Germany
Address
Wittestraße
1000 Berlin