ODVA endorses Ethernet/IP

  • October 07, 2007
  • News

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA – October 7, 2007 – ODVA announced that, during its 2007 CIP Networks Conference and 12th Annual Meeting of Members, the organization elected officers for its upcoming terms, announced a variety of new global activities and initiatives for CIP Networks, and hosted presentations and training sessions focusing on several leading-edge manufacturing network technologies. Multiple representatives of over 50 member organizations from 18 different countries attended this major industry event, held September 18-20 in Englewood, Colorado, USA. The worldwide adoption of EtherNet/IP took center stage in discussions during the 12th Annual Meeting of Members. André C. Keijser, Manager of Development at Brimos, an OEM of traffic guidance equipment based in the Netherlands, presented details of how the governing ministry for traffic in the Netherlands reviewed and selected CIP Networks, specifically EtherNet/IP, as the standard for vehicle detection, traffic density, and traffic lane signaler applications. “The benefits of EtherNet/IP, including its basis on standard, unmodified Ethernet, its installed base, its object-oriented approach, and ODVA’s global presence all were factors in the decision. The spirit of collaboration between competitors in order to advance these networks, which I have witnessed during this 2007 CIP Networks Conference personally, reaffirms this decision.” Cyril Perducat, Senior Vice-President, System Consistency at Schneider Electric discussed ODVA and CIP Networks’ value to Schneider Electric’s Transparent Ready business philosophy. “This cooperation merges the values of the two largest Industrial Ethernet protocols, reducing confusion in the marketplace and creating a de-facto standard for industrial Ethernet, which allows us to protect customers’ investments and the installed base. The combination of EtherNet/IP and Modbus /TCP will deliver the fieldbus services necessary to achieve the promise of Ethernet from plant floor to the board room.” ODVA’s global Officers elected for upcoming terms during the event include President: Doug McEldowney; Executive Director: Katherine Voss; Treasurer: Steve Freedman; Chief Technology Officer: Rich Harwell; and Secretary: Katherine Voss. In addition, Dave Dodds of Numatics and Steve Freedman of SICK were re-elected by the regular members to serve as directors on ODVA's Board. Jörgen Palmhager of HMS Industrial Networks was re-elected by the regular members to serve as a representative on ODVA's Technical Review Board. Damien Leterrier of Woodhead Industries, a division of Molex, will join the Technical Review Board for his first term. The three-day event was packed with technical and training sessions for new vendors and end users. ODVA presented the first in a new series of seminars, titled “EtherNet/IP: Quick Start,” to aid new vendors with beginning their development of EtherNet/IP products. In addition, presentations on the commercial considerations for CompoNet and CIP Motion; training on designing CompoNet processors; and technical white papers related to a range of topics (including CIP Safety on SERCOS, EtherNet/IP media, international standards, CIP Safety for process applications, and DeviceNet low cost media) were presented during the event. About ODVA ODVA, founded in 1995, is an international association comprised of members from the world's leading automation companies. Collectively, ODVA and its members support network technologies based on the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP). These currently include the network adaptations of CIP - EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet and CompoNet—and major application extensions to CIP - CIP Safety, CIP Motion and CIP Sync. ODVA manages the development of these open technologies, and assists manufacturers and users of CIP Networks through tools, training and marketing activities. In addition, ODVA offers conformance testing to help ensure that products built to its specifications operate in multi-vendor systems. ODVA also is active in other standards development organizations and industry consortia to drive the growth of open communication standards.

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