Ann Arbor, Michigan, USANovember 22, 2016— In ODVA’s media briefing today held at the Conference Center Nuremberg concurrent with the SPS IPC Drives fair, ODVA announced that EtherNet/IP represents the largest number of new nodes shipped of industrial Ethernet networks in 2015, at nearly 25% share of market, according to IHS Markit, an international analyst firm that reported EtherNet/IP’s share of market as part of its Industrial Communications Intelligence Service for 2016. 

EtherNet/IP adapts the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP™) to Ethernet technology and standards, as defined by the IEEE 802.3 specifications, and TCP/IP as defined by the RFCs that are published by the Internet Engineering Task Force.  EtherNet/IP allows users to benefit from on-going improvements in performance-to-cost ratios possible with commercial-off-the-shelf-technology (COTS), as well as enhancements unique to the demanding capabilities required for some applications in industrial automation such as high availability, hardened physical media and time-synchronized control.  EtherNet/IP is supported by an ecosystem that spans every region in the world and that consists of hundreds of vendors and thousands of products for nearly every industrial application.

“A primary reason for the growth of EtherNet/IP has been its strong support by industry as the industrial Ethernet technology that brings the benefits of standard Ethernet and Internet technologies to industrial automation,” added Katherine Voss, president of ODVA.  “As a result, EtherNet/IP has become dominant simultaneously on two fronts – first in classical applications in industrial automation where EtherNet/IP provides a comprehensive suite of distinctive services for applications across discrete, hybrid and process automation – and second as the successor to simple Ethernet networks using TCP/IP.” 

“Transition to industrial Ethernet is accelerating and EtherNet/IP accounted for approximately 25% of all new Ethernet nodes shipped in 2015,” stated Alex West, analyst for IHS Markit.  “The growth trend for EtherNet/IP is expected to continue building on its strong installed base, the transition from fieldbus to Ethernet networks, and the fact that industrial Ethernet will provide a fundamental component of connectivity necessary to enable smart manufacturing and IIOT solutions.”

For more information about companies who make and sell EtherNet/IP products or the ODVA CONFORMANT™ EtherNet/IP products that are available, visit  ODVA will publish the next edition of The EtherNet/IP Specification in the fourth quarter of 2016. 

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

For more information, contact: 

John Jackson

Adrienne Meyer
+1 734.975.8840

Wendy Schweiger
Fahlgren Mortine
+1 216.298.4647

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