CIP over 6LoWPAN – Expand CIP to IPv6-based Field Wireless Network

Technical Abstract

In this paper, we examine the expansion of Industrial IP network architectures into field wireless networks and investigate the technical feasibility of adapting the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP™) over 6LoWPAN networks (IPv6 over Low-power Wireless Personal Area Network). Fundamental business and technology problems are introduced, and the critical challenges for running CIP over 6LoWPAN are identified. The paper describes a prototype of CIP over 6LoWPAN protocol stack to validate the concepts of how CIP could execute in a very low-end, energy-limited wireless node. Based on the stack concepts, a wireless demo platform using Wi-Fi as the control network and 6LoWPAN as the field wireless sensor/actuator network is presented.

Paper and presentation from the 2014 ODVA Industry Conference & 16th Annual Meeting

Dayin Xu, Rockwell Automation

Paul Brooks, Rockwell Automation

Yi YU, Rockwell Automation

David Brandt, Rockwell Automation