PI North America (formerly the PROFIBUS Trade Organization or PTO) is a non-profit, member-supported automation organization supporting the use of fieldbuses and Industrial Ethernet, specifically PROFIBUS and PROFINET. To date, more than 60,000,000 PROFIBUS devices have been installed and the total number of PROFINET devices installed now exceeds 20,000,000. Members of PI North America include vendors of hardware, software and systems as well as end-users and operators, scientific institutes, universities, distributors, and system integrators.
OPC is the interoperability standard for the secure and reliable exchange of data in the industrial automation space across vertical markets. It is platform independent and ensures the seamless flow of information among devices from multiple vendors. The OPC Foundation is responsible for the development and maintenance of this standard. To support this mission, the OPC Foundation creates and maintains the OPC specifications, ensures compliance with the specifications via certification testing, and collaborates with other industry-leading standards organizations to ensure compatibility.
AS-Interface Trade Organization (ATO) was the trade association for AS-Interface (AS-I) users in North America. The organization was founded in 1991 by the inventors of AS-Interface, each being an industrial company with different strategic and economic interests. At that time, the organization's mission was very vaguely described as "the promotion of bus-able interfaces for binary sensors and actuators." In 1996, Panoramix Services took over and the mission grew to include education and assistance for users and vendors of the tecnology.
Driven by healthcare providers, the OPEN-SCS initiative directly addresses the healthcare industry’s product serialization regulation wave of the next decade. The OPEN-SCS Working Group (OPEN-SCS) is partnered with the OPC Foundation to develop an open source standard in the packaging serialization global name registry. The open standard is focused on the standardization of data exchanges for healthcare packaging serialization information between a healthcare provider’s enterprise serialization management systems and their product packaging lines.