Industrial Ethernet IP

EtherNet/IP is one of three open network standards (DeviceNet, ControlNet and EtherNet/IP), all of which use a common application layer, the “Common Industrial Protocol” (CIP). The Family of CIP Networks is specified and published by ODVA (Open DeviceNet Vendor Association – http://www.odva.org) and CI (ControlNet International – http://www.controlnet.org).

Besides factory automation with I/O-modules, valves, encoders, drives and controls (PLC), the main field of application of EtherNet/IP is the networking of both the control and the enterprise level. Within the Family of CIP Networks, EtherNet/IP covers applications where medium to large amount of data with medium cycle times (10 ms to 500 ms and above) need to be exchanged in the network as well as medium amount of data with short cycle times down to 1 ms as they are seen in motion control applications.

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