The SiLA Device Control and Interface Standard DCIS focuses on the communication betweeen process management systems and connected devices. It defines a set of generic Device Class Interfaces which encompass any type of instrument that can be integrated into a larger system. Each Device Class comes with its specific Common Command Set. This is used to communicate with devices and to control them, regardless of their particular make and brand. The SiLA interface standard covers all ISO/OSI levels of the control interface from physical to application layer.
SiLA defines Device Classes encompassing most commonly used device types in the lab automation environment (such as pipettors, readers, centrifuges, cameras, etc.).
Common Command Sets (CCS)
For each Device Class, a common set of commands, as well as event, status, and error classes is defined. All major device functions are programmable through common commands.
Functions exceeding the Common Command Set can be provided by the device supplier as Specific Commands. They have to comply with the SiLA command definition standard guidelines.
SiLA compliant devices are able to provide information about their device class, configuration, Common Command Set, and their Specific Commands, upon request. Data Structures and Formats Devices (e.g. plate readers, microscopes) provide data in standardized file formats and structure.