NetBurner Ethernet/IP Industrial Automation Solution

Quick Summary:

Ethernet/IP, promoted by the ODVA, is much more sophisticated protocol than Modbus TCP. EtherNet/IP classifies EtherNet/IP nodes as predefined device types with specific behaviors. The set of device types and the EIP application layer protocol is based on the Control and Information Protocol (CIP) layer used in both DeviceNetT and ControlNetT. Building on these widely used protocol suites the CIP-based protocols provides a seamless integrated system from the sensor-actuator network to the controller and enterprise networks.

Ethernet/IP uses all the transport and control protocols used in traditional Ethernet including the Transport Control Protocol (TCP), the Internet Protocol (IP) and the media access and signaling technologies found in off-the-shelf Ethernet interface cards. Structuring EtherNet/IP on these standard PC technologies allows EtherNet/IP to work transparently with all the standard off-the-shelf Ethernet devices found in today's marketplace. It also means that EIP can be easily supported on standard PCs and all their derivatives. Even more importantly, basing EIP on a standard technology platform ensures that EIP will move forward as the base technologies evolve in the future.

NetBurner EtherNet/IP Product Summary:

All NetBurner products that have an Ethernet port and support the standard NetBurner development software support EtherNet/IP. Embedded Gateways, ASCII to Rockwell Automation Programmable Controller modules and Client and Server Source File solutions are available from Real Time Automation.

Overview:

Four independent groups have joined forces to develop and promote EtherNet/IP as a public domain Ethernet application layer for Industrial Automation. These groups include the ODVA, the Industrial Open Ethernet Association (IOANA), Control Net International (CI) and the Industrial Ethernet Association (IEA). The goals of this effort illustrate how EIP provides a wide-ranging, comprehensive, certifiable standard suitable to a wide variety of automation devices:

1. Ethernet/IP uses the tools and technologies of traditional Ethernet

Ethernet/IP uses all the transport and control protocols used in traditional Ethernet including the Transport Control Protocol (TCP), the Internet Protocol (IP) and the media access and signaling technologies found in off-the-shelf Ethernet interface cards. Building on these standard PC technologies means that EIP works transparently with all the standard off-the-shelf Ethernet devices found in today's marketplace. It also means that EIP can be easily supported on standard PCs and all their derivatives. Even more importantly, basing EIP on a standard technology platform ensures that EIP will move forward as the base technologies evolve in the future.

2. Ethernet/IP is a certifiable standard

The groups supporting EIP plan to ensure a comprehensive, consistent standard by careful, multi-vendor attention to the specification and through certified test labs as has been done with DeviceNet and ControlNet. Certification programs modeled after the programs for DeviceNet and ControlNet will ensure the consistency and quality of field devices.

3. EIP is built on a widely accepted protocol layer

EIP is constructed from a very widely implemented standard used in DeviceNet and ControlNet called the Control and Information Protocol (CIP) and is illustrated on the attached drawing. This standard organizes networked devices as a collection of objects. It defines the access, object behavior and extensions which allow widely disparate devices to be accessed using a common mechanism. Over 300 vendors now support the CIP protocol in present day products. Using this technology in EIP means that EIP is based on a widely understood, widely implemented standard that does not require a new technology shakedown period.

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