Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA – June 11, 2015 – End users in the process industries can examine the current and future status of optimization of process integration (OPI™) and the benefits of vendor independence in the process domain at ODVA’s booth at ACHEMA Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, June 15-19. ODVA will be in hall 11.0, stand A41. 

This will be ODVA’s first appearance at ACHEMA, where ODVA members and EtherNet/IP suppliers Endress+Hauser, Hirschmann, Krone, Rockwell Automation, Rosemount, Schneider Electric and Yokogawa have assembled a demonstration of EtherNet/IP to explain to visitors ODVA’s approach to the optimization of process integration. Illustrating typical process applications, such as clean-in-place, highlights of the demonstration include:

  • Use of EtherNet/IP to connect best-in-class solutions and devices for process applications;
  • Integration of traditional process networks, such as HART, Profibus PA and Fieldbus Foundation, into an EtherNet/IP network; and 
  • Movement of data between field devices, such as pressure sensors and flow meter, and plant asset management systems.

ODVA’s process initiative, launched in 2013, is intended to proliferate the adoption of EtherNet/IP in the process industries. Initial focus has been on the integration of field devices with industrial control systems and related diagnostic services, leading to a road map for adapting the technology to the full spectrum of process automation needs, including safety, explosion protection, long distances and comprehensive device management.

“EtherNet/IP is at the forefront of trends in convergence of information and communication technologies used in industrial automation. Although industrial Ethernet was first adopted in the discrete industries, today EtherNet/IP is widely adopted in hybrid industries and is spreading into process industries, said Katherine Voss, president and executive director of ODVA. “Because ACHEMA is an international forum for users in chemical engineering and the process industries as a whole, ODVA felt it would be helpful to the ACHEMA’s audience to broadly showcase to process users the opportunities for integration improvements, optimized network architecture and increased ROI that EtherNet/IP can afford.”

About ODVA
Founded in 1995, ODVA is a global association whose members are comprised of 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. 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, contact: 
Wendy Schweiger 
Fahlgren Mortine 
+1 216.298.4647 
wendy.schweiger at fahlgren.com

Adrienne Meyer 
ODVA 
4220 Varsity Drive, Suite A, Ann Arbor, MI 48108-5006 USA 
+1 734.975.8840 
ameyer at odva.org

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