Ethernet/IP Steps Up

July 17, 2006

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Ethernet/IP Steps Up

During the recent Hannover Fair, ODVA,, projectedthat more than 1 million total nodes of Ethernet/IP™ have shipped worldwide. With more than 150 vendors promoting nearly 400 products, Ethernet/IP is already well established but is also broadening its reach in automation applications. 

Ethernet/IP uses the same standard TCP/IP protocol chips and wiring that are used for Internet and business networks worldwide. By sharing the same application layer as DeviceNet™, ControlNet™ and the recently announced CompoNet™, Ethernet/IP provides seamless bridging and routing of messages from sensors to enterprise software.Helge Hornis, intelligent systems manager for Pepperl+Fuchs, says by utilizing TCP/IP and UDP/IP, which are “molded” into Ethernet/IP by adding CIP (Common Industrial Protocol) at the top level, standard TCP and UDP/IP become the transport mechanisms for data.  Manufacturers can also design new and unique devices for both DeviceNet and Ethernet/IP which “look” virtually identical at the PLC program level. The result is new and unique automation products that are supporting Ethernet/IP as a
standard communications’ protocol.

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