Test software, smart meters, and CAD libraries

ODVA introduces test softwareThe Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA) recently introduced protocol conformance test software for EtherNet/IP products. The software allows developers to test devices against the EtherNet/IP specification to pinpoint conformance-related errors. The test helps users ensure that their industrial Ethernet selection is truly open and that multivendor hardwar...

02/15/2002


ODVA introduces test software

The Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA) recently introduced protocol conformance test software for EtherNet/IP products. The software allows developers to test devices against the EtherNet/IP specification to pinpoint conformance-related errors. The test helps users ensure that their industrial Ethernet selection is truly open and that multivendor hardware is compatible and interoperable.

Testing protects users. The likelihood of interoperation and interchangeability among tested devices is much greater than for untested devices.

EtherNet/IP is a companion network to DeviceNet. It extends commercial off-the-shelf Ethernet with the same open application-layer protocol as DeviceNet. The networks also share device profiles and an object library, which ensures plug-and-play interoperability among devices from multiple vendors. Combined, DeviceNet and EtherNet/IP are intended to promote transparency from sensors to the application software.

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