Rockwell Automation Demonstrates How Manufacturers Can Now Apply CIP Networking Standard to Motion Applications

  • November 15, 2005
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Rockwell Automation
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ST. LOUIS, Nov. 16, 2005 — On the show floor at Automation Fair (Booth 509), Rockwell Automation will demonstrate how manufacturers can now use standard Ethernet and the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) networking standards for motion control and other demanding applications. The CIP protocol, which is the upper layer protocol for DeviceNet, ControlNet and EtherNet/IP networks, holds the key to being able to solve these advanced communication and integration challenges for these applications.“Many manufacturers choose CIP networks to create a seamless flow of information, from the smallest device up through the enterprise business system,” said Brian Oulton, marketing manager, Rockwell Automation. “With CIP Motion, the advantages of CIP and Ethernet now extend to multiaxis coordinated motion control applications, further improving machine synchronization and information flow, reducing installation costs while increasing productivity.”CIP Motion is a strategic initiative from the Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA) that is creating a distributed motion control solution based entirely on EtherNet/IP, and includes controller-to-controller and controller-to-drive connectivity. This approach will provide high performance axis-to-axis synchronization, with clock synchronization jitter of +/- 100 nanoseconds, on a flat network architecture using standard unmodified Ethernet and a common configuration and programming environment.“CIP Motion is the next logical step in expanding the application space served by EtherNet/IP, continuing to deliver the financial benefits of EtherNet/IP experienced by tens of thousands of users worldwide,” Oulton said.The proof of concept for CIP Motion on display at Automation Fair settles the question of whether the open, standard design of EtherNet/IP can be used for all application types, including the most demanding motion and drive applications. The Rockwell Automation demonstration highlights servo drive control with +/-100 nanoseconds of jitter, sharing the network bandwidth with both traditional automation and commercial “office”-style devices using standard, off-the-shelf Ethernet switches.“The beauty of CIP is its simplicity,” Oulton said. “With CIP, manufacturers save time with no special configurations to the networks. Information flows seamlessly between networks, getting to the right place at the right time. Because it is cost effective and requires less programming and wiring time than other networks, CIP offers an attractive solution today, as well as into the future.”Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK), is a leading global provider of automation, power, control, and information solutions that help manufacturers achieve a competitive advantage in their businesses. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., U.S.A., the company employs about 21,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.For more information on the CIP Motion proof-of-concept, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800-223-5354, ext. 1882.Visit their website at

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