BANNOCKBURN, IL — Aegis and IPC are rolling out an open-source software toolkit that simplifies and expedites both CFX (connected factory exchange) data message creation and message communication from machine-to-machine and/or machine-to-broker in a CFX network.

CFX Messaging Library will post to a public open-source website, where software developers are free to contribute, evolve, and expand its functionality for the standards-based factory data communication tool.

“IPC appreciates the contributions of Aegis Software to the IPC CFX standard effort,” said David Bergman, IPC vice president of standards and training. “The donation of this toolkit will pave the way for quicker adoption of the IPC CFX standard in support of Industry 4.0.”                                                                                                                  

The Connected Factory Initiative is growing, with committee members representing software vendors, tier one EMS and OEM manufacturers, and machine and device vendors, says IPC. The committee’s work is leading to the creation of a modern industrial Internet of Things method for creating factory data exchange.

The Initiative has already established the encoding format to be used, the data communication technology, and the content structure for the messages.

The CFX Messaging Library is a Microsoft .Net based programming library consisting of two parts: a collection of data objects representing the standardized CFX messages and a collection of classes to facilitate the transmission and receipt of CFX messages using the committee-agreed OASIS AMQP1.0 message wire protocol.                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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