What is EtherNet/IP and when is it appropriate?
- EtherNet/IP — a standardized communication protocol that allows communication between different instruments and devices on the factory floor– provides a relatively easy method to integrate leak test data into overall plant data systems.
- By now nearly every factory floor and office in the world makes use of EtherNet for its connectivity backbone. Worldwide it is also a given that IT Departments consider all things EtherNet a core capability of their expertise.
- Leveraging ubiquitous investments in EtherNet technology and extending its reach throughout the factory floor is a logical next step for many manufacturers. This is especially the case if and when a manufacturer seeks to integrate test data with MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) or ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems.