EtherNet/IP proof-of-concept system planned for process automation lab at Industriepark Höchst

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA — November 22, 2016 — In ODVA’s media briefing today held at the Conference Center Nuremberg concurrent with SPS IPC Drives Show, ODVA announced activities with NAMUR, an international user association of automation technology in the process industries, to advance the adoption of industrial Ethernet in the process industries.

The focus between NAMUR and ODVA will be an activity to continue the refinement of formal requirements for an Ethernet communication system for the process industry through joint collaboration between the Working Group 2.6 Fieldbus (WG) and the ODVA Strategic Market Requirements Team for its Process Initiative (SMRt).   This activity is the outgrowth of a position paper published by the WG in February 2016 “An Ethernet communication system for the process industry.”  This paper identified EtherNet/IP as one of the minimum binding requirements for such systems along with 32 aspects that the WG identified as targets for the adoption of industrial Ethernet by the process industry for applications using classical field devices.  The WG and the SMRt have agreed to on-going discussions on the requirements for successful deployment of process field devices on industrial Ethernet spanning a wide variety of topics such as physical layer, device integration and diagnostics.

“NAMUR is formulating its strategy and requirements to adopt industrial Ethernet in process automation where possible,” stated Mr. Sven Seintsch, chairman of NAMUR Working Group 2.6.  “NAMUR and its fieldbus working group welcome the opportunity to partner with ODVA, as the organization that develops and manages the EtherNet/IP technology and standards, to help accelerate adoption of industrial Ethernet in the process industry.”

One area of cooperation will be the installation of an EtherNet/IP system in the process automation lab at Industriepark Höchst, a center of the European process industry located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.  This system will be a conduit for shared learning between NAMUR and ODVA stakeholders on approaches to optimize the application of industrial Ethernet for the unique requirements of the process industry. The system will be a multi-vendor system comprised of process field devices, control systems and infrastructure from ODVA members Cisco Systems, Endress+Hauser, Rockwell Automation and Schneider Electric among others. NAMUR member Bilfinger Maintenance GmbH, a leading international engineering service provider to the process industry, will assume lead responsibility for commissioning of the EtherNet/IP system. This system will provide process users with a hands-on environment to learn more about the benefits of industrial Ethernet for process applications in general and EtherNet/IP in specific as well as to identify needs for the application of Ethernet-based process field devices versus classical fieldbus-based process field devices. In turn, automation suppliers will gain an increased understanding regarding applications and ease-of-use requirements for the process industry as it relates to Ethernet in general and EtherNet/IP in specific. Lessons learned will be fed back to the NAMUR Working Group 2.6 Fieldbus and the ODVA Strategic Market Requirements Team for its Process Initiative to help develop future roadmaps for the evolution of their respective specifications. 

“As part of its initiative for the Optimization of Process Integration (OPI™), ODVA is committed to enhancing the EtherNet/IP technology and standards to meet additional requirements of the process industry,” added Ms. Katherine Voss, president of ODVA.  “ODVA is looking forward to its future cooperation with NAMUR and the increased mutual understanding that will result.”

“The aim of NAMUR’s investigation into Ethernet is to extend its application to traditional process field devices,” concluded Mr. Michael Pelz, head of NAMUR Working Area 2 Automation Systems for Processes and Plants of which the Fieldbus working group is a part. “NAMUR believes that effective and easy-to-use Ethernet communication systems between the field level and the higher system levels, such as EtherNet/IP, is a key factor for future applications with modern IoT and Industrie 4.0 solutions in the process industry."

NAMUR and ODVA expect that installation of the EtherNet/IP proof-of-concept system will be completed in the first half of 2017.  Both organizations expect to convene on-going meetings between the WG and SMRt over the course of calendar year 2017.  

About ODVA
Founded in 1995, ODVA is a global association whose members comprise the world’s leading automation companies. ODVA’s mission is to advance open, interoperable information and communication technologies in industrial automation. ODVA recognizes its media independent network protocol, the Common Industrial Protocol or “CIP” – and the network adaptations of CIP – EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, CompoNet and ControlNet – as its core technology and the primary common interest of its membership. ODVA’s vision is to contribute to the sustainability and prosperity of the global community by transforming the model for information and communication technology in the industrial ecosystem. For future interoperability of production systems and the integration of the production systems with other systems, ODVA embraces the adoption of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and standard, unmodified Internet and Ethernet technologies as a guiding principle wherever possible. This principle is exemplified by EtherNet/IP – the world’s number one industrial Ethernet network.  For more information about ODVA, visit    

NAMUR is an international user association of automation technology in process industries. It was founded in 1949 as a body to represent the interests of users of instrumentation and control technology in the chemical industry. NAMUR promotes the pooling of experience among members as well as with other organizations and associations. The results of its work are published in the form of NAMUR Recommendations and Worksheets or are submitted, where appropriate, to national and international standardization bodies as proposals for standardization activities. 

NAMUR represents several thousand PCS experts, of whom approx. 300 are active in about 40 working groups that cover the fields of measurement & control, automation, communication, process control and electrical engineering over the entire life-cycle of systems, including planning, procurement, installation, operation as well as maintenance and decommissioning. In all activities the primary focus is to generate value for the member companies through process control technology.  Today (31.10.2016) NAMUR has 150 member companies from Austria, Belgium, China, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and USA.  

For more information, contact:  

John Jackson

Adrienne Meyer
+1 734.975.8840

Wendy Schweiger
Fahlgren Mortine
+1 216.298.4647

Monika Reek
NAMUR Office
c/o Bayer AG


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