Nice story Al. This is a smart move on the part of ODVA, even though Ethernet would have made progress on its own in process automation given its value. ODVA's move, however, will likely quicken this process and make data exchange that much easier.
Rob, Extending EtherNet/IP for process applications will definitely be a big benefit especially for companies already using it for discrete applications. Will be interesting to see how quickly it will gain traction especially in North America.
Chuck, EtherNet/IP already has a strong North American position as an automation software protocol for discrete applications. This effort will extend the functionality of the standard to address specific issues with process applications.
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