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PROCESS AUTOMATION INITIATIVE LAUNCHED


ODVA has launched an initiative for process automation in cooperation with major suppliers to the process industry, including Cisco Systems, Endress+Hauser, Rockwell Automation and Schneider Electric with the goal of further accelerating adoption of industrial Ethernet in process automation.

Based on ODVA’s industrial EtherNet/IP technology, the results of this initiative will provide end users with more choices to deploy a complete Ethernet solution for process automation starting with connectivity down to the field level. In the long term, this will expand to include the full spectrum of process automation needs, including safety, explosion protection, long distances and extensive diagnostic coverage.

Industrial Ethernet, and EtherNet/IP in particular, has been accepted and widely adopted in factory automation where the automation platform is primarily characterized by discrete control. The acceptance of EtherNet/IP in discrete applications has resulted in the convergence of automation platforms between discrete and hybrid applications.

The result is that EtherNet/IP is also now well accepted and widely adopted in process automation, especially in control settings typically found in hybrid industries. The adoption of EtherNet/IP in these hybrid industries has demonstrated the value of industrial Ethernet for process automation and now constitutes a critical proof point for its future deployment in an even broader class of applications for process automation.

"In hybrid industries, EtherNet/IP provides a single architecture with easy access to process information," said Dr. Raimund Sommer, managing director of Endress+Hauser Process Solutions and a member of ODVA’s board of directors. "Based on the successful user experiences with EtherNet/IP in hybrid industries, ODVA’s ‘initiative for process automation’ is the next logical step. By fulfilling the spectrum of process industry requirements, ODVA will increase acceptance of EtherNet/IP at the field level."

   
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