The Common Industrial Protocol (CIP™) encompasses a comprehensive suite of messages and services for the collection of manufacturing automation applications—control, safety, synchronization, motion, configuration and information. Further, it allows users to integrate these manufacturing applications with enterprise-level Ethernet networks and the Internet. Supported by hundreds of vendors around the world and truly media-independent, CIP provides users with a unified communication architecture throughout the manufacturing enterprise. CIP allows users to benefit today from the many advantages of open networks while protecting their existing automation investments when upgrading in the future.
- Coherent integration of control, motion and synchronization, configuration and diagnostics, and safety information.
- Seamless bridging and routing without the added cost and complexity of bridges and proxies.
- Freedom to deploy interoperable, multivendor systems, allowing users to choose best-of-breed products, with the assurance of competitive prices and low integration cost.
- Single, media-independent protocol for all Network adaptations of CIP — EtherNet/IP™, DeviceNet™, CompoNet™, and ControlNet™ — allows users to choose the best network or networks for their application while still minimizing their overall investment in system engineering, installation, integration and commissioning.
- Integrates support of Modbus® server devices into the CIP architectures with Modbus translation services for originator devices on CIP; allows devices supporting Modbus TCP and EtherNet/IP to reside on the same TCP/IP network — or even in the same device.