A deep dive into EtherNet/IP, the most widely used manufacturing protocol.


EtherNet/IP: The Everyman’s Guide to EtherNet/IP

EtherNet/IP came roaring into the 21st century on the backs of DeviceNet and ControlNet, claiming world domination (almost) as the most widely used protocol in manufacturing. While it’s pervasive, EtherNet/IP isn’t necessarily standard knowledge to everyone on the factory floor.

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Admit it; maybe you find yourself losing sleep over questions like…

  • Is EtherNet/IP an IoT transport protocol?
  • Are EDS files important for an EtherNet/IP adapter device?
  • Which is better: Ethernet/IP or PROFINET/IO?
  • Isn’t EtherNet/IP just CIP over an Ethernet connection?
  • How many ways are there to organize device data into a CIP Object Model?
  • What is the Assembly Object Class?
  • Does it matter which TCP/IP stack we use to build an EtherNet/IP device?
  • Is DeviceNet obsolete or complementary to EtherNet/IP?
  • How important is the compliance test process?
  • Is CoCO good for EtherNet/IP scanner devices or delicious with marshmallows?

Toss and turn no more! With this handy guide on your bedside table, you’ll be able to navigate the world of EtherNet/IP and, who knows, maybe entertain a companion with interesting tidbits. Dip into any chapter, in any order, and you’ll find plenty of clear expectations, with tables and diagrams, to guide you through EtherNet/IP.


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