Comparing CFX With Other Machine-to-Machine Communication Systems for Electronics Manufacturing

The IPC Connected Factory Exchange Initiative Subcommittee has assessed CFX and provided a comparison of other factory communications standards.

Feature CFX SECS-GEM SEMI ELS MTConnect OPC-UA Hermes
Plug and Play for Machine-to-Machine Yes No No No No Yes (optional)
Plug and Play for Machine-to-Systems Yes No No No No Planning (with CFX)
Specifically Defines Electronics Assembly Machine-to-Machine Data Messaging Yes No No No No Yes
Date of Last Revision 12/2019
SDK regularly updated
12/2017 5/2019 12/2019 11/2017 4/2019
Industry Roadmaps Available Yes No No No No No
Can be Utilized by Full Supply Chain Yes No No No No No
Middleware Needed No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Middleware Integration Time and Cost Estimations N/A   Three months, Two systems support specialist visits $16,000 - $80,000 Expected repeats of this One month
One system support specialist visit $16,000 - $72,000
One month
One system support specialist visit $16,000 - $32,000
N/A
Testing Time Less Than One day   Two months Two systems support specialist visits $16,000 - $80,000 One month
One system support specialist visit $16,000 - $72,000
One month
One to two systems support specialist visits $16,000 - $72,000
Less Than One day
NDA and Legal Issues None   Two weeks needed License agreement if aligning to middleware License agreement if aligning to middleware  
JSON Encoding for Communicating with Any Device Yes No No No No No
AMQP Secure Transmission Yes No No No No No
Host Control System Required No Yes Yes No No N/A
Compatible with CFX N/A No No Yes Yes Yes
Standalone System for Industry 4.0, IIoT and Connected Factory Yes No No No No No
Based on Open Industry Standard Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Free SDK for Implementation Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Additional IT hardware & services required Host for free open-source AMQP (any PC is suitable), simple IT support Host required (server), intermediate IT support required Multiple hosts required (servers), for each line and factory. Continuous specialist IT support required Host required (server), intermediate IT support required Host required (server), intermediate IT support required None required

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