IPC CFX—Plug & Play IIoT Connections for Smart Factories

Please note: The content on this page is not about productronica 2021.
New information will be available here from fall 2021.

What is CFX?

  • IIoT technology standard for the assembly industry
  • Native plug & play data exchange, no middleware or customization
  • Enabler of Industry 4.0, Smart, Digital Factory Solutions
  • One interface for all shop-floor data collection
  • Covers all aspects of manufacturing, quality, test, ERP integration, supply-chain etc.
  • For machine vendors, internal IT teams and software solution providers
  • Applicable to all sizes and sectors of the assembly industry

Benefits of CFX

  • The answer to: ‘what data I need from my machines’
  • A single, comprehensive, agreed upon language and data set for all machine types
  • Eliminate needless machine interface development costs
  • Eliminates the need for IoT middleware costs and risk
  • Reduced time, risk and costs for solution deployment
  • Superior, consistent data quality – detail, scope, timeliness
  • Supports MES, PLM, ERP and much more, enhancing benefits

Components von CFX

  • Secure, free, proven worldwide, omnidirectional, AMQP v1.0 Transportation Protocol
  • Free development SDKs for IT and for machine vendors
  • JSON data encoding, efficient and human readable
  • Specifically defined message structure and data content
  • Retrofit options for many existing machines

Applications of CFX

  • Machine-to-machine closed-loop data exchange
  • Realistic, cost-effective, machine, line, factory and enterprise analytics
  • Clear visibility of mission-critical KPIs, reports and analytics
  • Automation of machines and processes under Industry 4.0
  • Lean materials, quality management, logistics, planning, maintenance, process and material traceability and much more

Industry Support and CFX Roadmaps

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