Get Started

Getting started as a developer of products using ODVA technology and standards is straightforward. You’ll need to gain a basic understanding of the technology and access to the necessary ODVA specifications. Just for you, here’s my personal checklist to get you on your way! 


Product Know-How's Get-Started Checklist for Developers

The items on this list assume that your company has not previously developed products using ODVA technologies and standards. If your company has previously developed such products, some of items on this list may already be complete. If you’re not sure, contact ODVA for clarification.

   What  Why
 ▢ Read The Common Industrial Protocol and the Family of CIP Networks At just about 100 pages, this publication is detailed enough to help you acquire important terminology and learn the basic architecture and features of ODVA technologies and standards – but still fall in the category of a quick read. And it’s free! Interested? Download now.  
  Execute an ODVA Terms of Usage Agreement (TOU) for the ODVA technologies of interest The TOU is the foundational document behind the large and vibrant community of adopters. It is the license agreement between ODVA and your company that every company signs to become an ODVA Licensed Vendor. The TOU defines your company’s responsibilities and rights under the agreement. Your company must have this agreement in place for you to be able to order the specifications in which you are interested. Executing this agreement is free of charge. Ready? Download now.

Order ODVA specifications needed Although not light reading, a developer can’t get by without these, no matter what approach you finally take with your development project – whether working with an enabling technology partner, doing it all yourself, or something in between. Specifications are fulfilled as annual subscriptions, and they are updated twice a year with neat and nifty new stuff (and sometimes important maintenance changes), so never work with an out-of-date edition! Available specifications are: The EtherNet/IP™ Specification, The ControlNet® Specification, The CompoNet® Specification, The ControlNet® Specification, and The CIP Safety™ Specification.  Ready to dig in? Order now (costs are on the order form).
  Order Vendor ID This very important number, known inside ODVA as the VID, is the unique number assigned by ODVA to your company indicating to industry that your company is an official ODVA Licensed Vendor. There is a one-to-one association between your company’s TOU and the VID assigned to your company. The VID will be recorded in the firmware for your product, distributed by ODVA in its electronic file listing of Licensed Vendors with ODVA CONFORMANT™ products and reported on ODVA’s website in its information about Licensed Vendors and ODVA CONFORMANT™ products. You can order together with your specification or wait. Need a VID today? Order now (costs are on the order form).
  Join ODVA
ODVA Member
Members receive benefits not available to companies who opt only to be a Licensed Vendor, including preview of draft specifications before their release as final specifications and preferred pricing on most items available through ODVA, such as the subscriptions to the specifications. Your company can join as soon as you can demonstrate intentions to make and sell products using ODVA technologies. Interested? Read more to analyze the benefits of membership in ODVA for you and your company.
  Check out Tools to CIPCelerate™ at ODVA's KNOW-HOW HUB Although optional, your time will be well spent to check out and consider the tools described in this part of the HUB. Resources described in this area of the site are aimed at helping you shorten the time-to-market for your product(s) by fast-tracking your own know-how, improving productivity and pointing you to sources of enabling technology. Click here to check it out now!