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The EtherNet/IP protocol is the Ethernet-based manifestation of ODVA's Common Industrial Protocols fieldbus suite. It is one of the most popular industrial fieldbuses in the United States.

EtherNet/IP utilizes standard Ethernet and Internet protocols, allowing for a wide range of choices for cabling media and network equipment, as well as for simple integration of EtherNet/IP with company enterprise networks. EtherNet/IP can be used as a high speed factory network backbone, or directly with intelligent devices. Because it implements CIP, it interoperates seamlessly with other CIP based protocols such as DeviceNet.

EtherNet/IP also standardizes human-element factors by standardizing such things as visual indicators, connectors, and labeling.

EtherNet/IP utilizes atomic, connection-oriented and connectionless publisher-subscriber methods for communications, allowing for bandwidth efficiency and deterministic operation of the industrial network.

A wide range of EtherNet/IP controllers and devices are available from several automation equipment manufacturers, including Allen-Bradley, Schneider Electric, and a host of others.

A variation of EtherNet/IP, CIP Motion, has been developed to address deterministic, real-time, closed-loop motion requirements on the factory floor.

All EtherNet/IP devices are required to have a device description (EDS) file which loaded into the EtherNet/IP controller. The EDS file describes the device, its communication capabilities, and available data in a format that both the engineer and the controller can understand.

What Can AB Tech Solution Do for Your EtherNet/IP Product Development?
  • Obtain manufacturer and product identifiers from ODVA
  • Develop a fully-compliant product for you
  • Add EtherNet/IP capability to your existing product
  • Enhance the features and functionality of your product
  • Develop the required EDS (device description) files
  • Perform interoperability testing
  • Obtain ODVA compliance certification for your products