It has long been said that Ethernet will replace the current field buses in the longer term. Things are moving quickly in the field of manufacturing automation but also in the field of process. A few weeks afterEmerson Process Management announced an EtherNet/IP converter for its Coriolis flow meters (read the information), Endress-Hauser in turn affirmed its commitment to this version of industrial Ethernet (we know that there are many industrial Ethernet variants: Profinet, EtherCat, Powerline, SercosIII; EtherNet/IP, etc.). The Swiss company has just become a "principal member" within the ODVA organisation, as have Bosch Rexroth, Cisco Systems, Rockwell Automation, Omron and Schneider Electric.
In fact, Endress-Hauser had already announced a commitment to EtherNet/IP, starting in 2009 with the announcement of its Coriolis Promass 83 meter with embedded web server. The new announcement is nevertheless very significant as it is the mark of a long-term commitment to EtherNet/IP, whose development and promotion are provided by ODVA.
This decision can be seen as an extension of the long-term cooperation agreement that exists between Rockwell Automation and Endress-Hauser: we know that Rockwell Atomation was behind the development of EtherNet/IP... It should also be noted that the two largest suppliers of process instruments(Emerson Process Management and Endress-Hauser)are pushing for Ethernet/IP...
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