From the ODVA Conference

By Plant Engineering Staff March 15, 2006

During its 2006 CIP Networks Conference and 11th Annual Meeting of Members, ODVA announced new global activities and initiatives for CIP Networks and hosted presentations focusing on several leading-edge manufacturing network technologies.

ODVA presented the first in a new series of seminars focusing on the technology and business benefits of implementing EtherNet/IP. The seminars, d “EtherNet/IP: The Proven and Complete Solution for Manufacturing Automation,” and “EtherNet/IP: Quick Start,” which is designed for vendors interested in learning the steps required to build an EtherNet/IP product, will be offered at various locations in countries around the world in 2006, including China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom and the USA.

Also announced, the future adaptation of CIP previously known as “Project CipNetSA” was formally named “CompoNet.” This new CIP Network is targeted at applications dominated by simple sensors and actuators. An introductory training session was given during the conference’s Training Track.

Other newly announced activities include recognizing and supporting ODVA members who, as part of “The CIP Conformity Club,” have made a commitment to conformance testing their products. And, according to ODVA Executive Director Katherine Voss, new initiatives related to CIP Motion, EtherNet/IP Safety and the US Council for Automotive Research will be announced during the next 6 weeks.

Annual Meeting presentations focused on Power Over Ethernet (Phoenix Contact) and Intelligent Networked Manufacturing (Cisco Systems), and included a panel of experts discussing what’s ahead for EtherNet/IP. White papers related to a range of topics including CIP Sync, CIP Motion, CIP Safety on EtherNet/IP, Successfully Designing EtherNet/IP Devices for Harsh Areas, FDT/DTM and CompoNet were presented during the event’s Technical Track.

To view the presentations given at ODVA’s 2006 CIP Networks Conference and 11th Annual Meeting or for more information on new initiatives announced during the meeting, visit www.odva.org .