Schneider ramps up participation with ODVA

20 April 2007

Schneider Electric has upped its involvement to become a principle member of ODVA, joining Cisco Systems, Eaton Electrical, Omron Corporation and Rockwell Automation.

The power and control specialist’s increased participation coincides with ODVA’s plans to extend the CIP Network specifications to provide compatibility of Modbus/TCP devices with networks built on the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP). This extension will give existing Modbus/TCP users a clear path to CIP Network architectures while protecting their automation investments.

Schneider Electric’s increased support of ODVA reflects the company’s plans to deploy EtherNet/IP as a foundation of its network strategy.

Adrien Scolé, senior vice president of Innovation for the Automation Business at Schneider Electric, said: 'Our customers want the interoperability and seamless integration of the factory floor that networks using standard, unmodified Ethernet can provide, and one network for control, information, configuration, safety, synchronisation and motion.

'EtherNet/IP is the answer to meeting our customers’ needs by providing compatibility with existing Modbus/TCP products and systems in combination with the complete suite of services contained in CIP. For these reasons, we are eager to team with ODVA to help make EtherNet/IP the most widely used industrial network available.'

Katherine Voss, executive director, ODVA said she was delighted Schneider Electric has increased its support and added: 'Schneider Electric is an industry leader in driving adoption of standard, unmodified Ethernet technologies on the factory floor and throughout the enterprise.'

'This is a big development in the automation industry,' said Harry Forbes, senior analyst at ARC Advisory Group. 'It is unusual to see several automation majors joining is such close collaboration, especially in a strategic area such as industrial Ethernet, and it adds to the value of ODVA and its CIP Network technologies in the automation industry.'

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