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Option Code Suffix: +EIP


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The EtherNet/IP standard (EIP) is the application layer protocol for industrial automation developed by four independent groups: ODVA, the Industrial Open Ethernet Association (IOANA), Control Net International (CI) and the Industrial Ethernet Association (IEA). EtherNet/IP provides wide-ranging, comprehensive, certifiable standard in the public domain that is suitable to a wide variety of automation devices. EtherNet/IP is used by Ethernet modules for several programmable logic controllers including Allen Bradley, Schneider Electric, and Omron

EtherNet/IP uses a client-server model, where the client sends requests to the server, and the server responds with the requested information. The information is transmitted in the form of messages, which are divided into two types: Explicit and Implicit messages.

Explicit messages are used for data exchange and are initiated by the client. The client sends a request for data to the server, and the server responds with the requested data. Implicit messages, on the other hand, are used for real-time control and monitoring. They are sent by the server to the client without any request from the client.

One of the key advantages of EtherNet/IP is its high speed and bandwidth. It allows for real-time data exchange, which is essential in many industrial applications, such as motion control, where high-speed communication is required for precise control of machines and processes.

Another advantage is its flexibility and scalability. EtherNet/IP allows for easy integration of devices and systems from different vendors, making it an ideal choice for multi-vendor environments. It also allows for easy expansion of the network, with the ability to add or remove devices without affecting the rest of the network.

EtherNet/IP also provides robust security features to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of data. It uses standard Ethernet security protocols, such as IPsec and SSL/TLS, to protect data in transit.

Magna-Power's EtherNet/IP Implementation

Magna-Power has designed its EtherNet/IP (+EIP) option to allow for seamless integration into Allen Bardley, Schneider Electric and Omron PLCs. The following are some of the key features for Magna-Power's +EIP option:

  • Support for the product's full command set
  • Extensive HTML- and PDF-based documentation, detailing connection setup and commands
  • Dual RJ-45 connectors with bi-color activity and error LEDs
  • Magna-Power developed electronic data sheet (EDS) for device discovery and network setup
  • Hosted a EtherNet/IP web page for easily accessing local network settings, device parameters, and operation status (figure below)
EtherNet/IP webpage hosted in Magna-Power's +EIP option
EtherNet/IP webpage hosted in Magna-Power's +EIP option