FiberFin has been a member of the ODVA since 2007 where we have worked with implementing plastic optical fiber into the Ethernet IP physical layer standard
Founded in 1995, ODVA is a global association whose members are comprised of the world’s leading automation companies. ODVA’s mission is to advance open, interoperable information and communication technologies in industrial automation. ODVA recognizes its media independent network protocol, the Common Industrial Protocol or “CIP” – and the network adaptations of CIP – EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, CompoNet and ControlNet – as its core technology and the primary common interest of its membership. ODVA’s vision is to contribute to the sustainability and prosperity of the global community by transforming the model for information and communication technology in the industrial ecosystem. For future interoperability of production systems and the integration of the production systems with other systems, ODVA embraces the adoption of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and standard, unmodified Internet and Ethernet technologies as a guiding principle wherever possible. This principle is exemplified by EtherNet/IP – the world’s number one industrial Ethernet network.
FIRST Robotics Competition
FiberFin believes in giving back to the community. During the 2012-2013 school year, we became both a mentor and a sponsor of Yorkville High School’s robotics competition team, Foximus Prime 3695. They are a member of US FIRST, a non-profit organization created to ignite and inspire the minds of young people. Often described as the "Varsity Sport of the Mind," FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time constraints, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," and hone teamwork skills. It’s as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.
CEO of FiberFin, Paul Mulligan, is an integral member of the team. According to Paul, "These kids are the future. Adults and kids working together solving a problem, is an amazing experience! It is a spirited atmosphere of collaboration and team work. It is remarkable to watch these kids, design, program, and build a robot to meet the challenges of the competition."
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The mission of the POFTO will be to actively promote the proliferation of high bandwidth Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) systems serving data communication markets.
The activities of the POFTO will include, but not be limited to: the active promotion of plastic optical fiber in the marketplace; providing educational services and programs regarding plastic optical fiber; submitting, as appropriate, proposals to national and international standards bodies; and performing other activities permitted under these Bylaws in furtherance of the goals of the POFTO. The POFTO shall make any and all results of its activities available to all interested parties on reasonable terms applied uniformly and openly. All business of the POFTO, including meetings of the Membership, the Board of Directors, and working groups, shall be conducted in accordance with fair and democratic parliamentary procedure.