The Cross-Platform Initiative (CPI) Workgroup met via conference call on 03/26/19 to review a draft of the information needs for laser equipment and to discuss the applicability of a universal file format such as the SBCA Uniform File Format to accommodate those needs. The Workgroup generally felt that a universal file format could accommodate the laser data needs but had concerns with how it might address batching of information and in particular all the nuances necessary for saw equipment. The next steps are to gather additional data needs from the other supplier companies and in particular, the saw equipment manufactures while also beginning to look into and better defining the batching needs of various pieces of manufacturing equipment. TPI staff and various members of the Workgroup will be working to that end and will be reaching out to the other CPI supplier members for their equipment requirements in preparation of the next meeting of the larger CPI Supplier group which will be sometime in mid-April.
The Cross-Platform Initiative (CPI) Workgroup met via conference call on 03/05/19 to further discuss refining “what” information/data needs are to be exchanged between software and equipment in order to achieve the “plug-n-play” capabilities for equipment. Various equipment data needs and file format needs were discussed and debated. After discussion, the Workgroup determined that while there may be various file formats needed to address the different types of equipment used, they would initially focus on the specific equipment needs for laser equipment. The next step for the Workgroup is to develop a draft document which will outline the data and information needs from software in order for laser equipment to operate. Additionally, the draft document will address what data in the SBCA Uniform Data Standard (V1.0) is applicable to address those needs. The Workgroup is scheduled to meet again on 03/26/19 to review and update the draft document and to set the next steps in the Initiative.
Eleven (11) supplier company representatives met via conference call on 02/12/19 to further discuss the initiative and to work on defining a project methodology, scope, timeline, and potential deliverables for the initiative. A draft scope statement was reviewed and a workgroup of seven (7) supplier representatives was formed. The workgroup will begin refining “what” information/data needs are to be exchanged between software and equipment in order to achieve the “plug-n-play” capabilities for equipment. The workgroup is scheduled to meet March 5, 2019 and, in the meantime, they will be reviewing the SBCA Uniform Data Standard (V1.0) to see if it will appropriately address the issue of achieving the “plug-n-play” capabilities. The workgroup also will be exploring other ideas regarding equipment and software cross-platform communication needs and solutions. Future meetings will be determined after the March 2019 meeting of the workgroup.
TPI member company representatives met via conference call on 01/18/19 to begin the process of gaining a common understanding of a project methodology, scope, timeline, and potential deliverables. This meeting focused primarily on defining a draft scope for a project that has a goal of achieving a “plug-n-play” capability for component manufacturing equipment and software while meeting the business needs and protecting the Intellectual Property (IP) of all participants. Another conference call is planned with the larger supplier group on 02/12/19 where further discussion and refinement of the initiative scope will take place. Also during the 02/12/19 conference call the group will discuss, if time permits, the project methodology and potential deliverables such as the work of the SBCA- IT committee and any other issues raised by the equipment suppliers. It is hoped that following the call on 02/12/19 that further discussion with an even larger group that will include interested component manufacturers will begin.
Thank you to all those that have expressed an interest in the Cross-Platform Communication Initiative. This post is to provide everyone with an update on activities relative to the initiative.
Currently, there are 19 Supplier companies and 6 Component Manufacturing companies that have signed up. A listing of the companies that have signed up can be seen here. TPI is progressing on the initiative albeit a bit slower than anticipated given the holidays and everyone’s busy schedules. TPI member company representatives to the initiative are working on establishing an agenda and background material for our initial conference call. We hope to have that initial conference call in the month of January 2019 so everyone can begin the process of gaining a common understanding of a project methodology, scope, timeline, and potential deliverables. As soon as more information is available we will let everyone know.
Wishing everyone Happy Holidays!