Food Engineering

Vendors, associations promote EtherNet/IP

April 4, 2003


The Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA) and the Interface for Distributed Automation (IDA) Group have joined with the Industrial Automation Open Networking Alliance (IAONA) to promote the Ethernet/IP networking protocol. Under IONA as a neutral umbrella, the networking collective aims to define common levels of functionality and interoperability for today's Ethernet solutions. "EtherNet/IP is designed to deliver information and real-time control on the same, open Ethernet network," said ODVA Executive Director Bill Moss. Collaborating with other leading organizations will only strengthen the EtherrNet/IP technology and bring additional benefits to end users." The three organizations will form working groups to address common strategies for "plug-and-play" interoperability; common solutions for network diagnosis; common guidelines for using Web technology; and common requirements for conformance tests.

EtherNet/IP is a protocol stack extending off-the-shelf Ethernet with an open, industrial protocol for automation purposes. It also supports common office protocols such as HTTP, FTP and SNMP.