CIP Sync™ provides the increased control coordination mechanism needed for industrial automation control applications where absolute time synchronization is vital to achieve real-time synchronization between distributed intelligent devices and systems. CIP Sync™ is compliant with the IEEE-1588™ standard, and allows synchronization accuracy between two devices of fewer than 100 nanoseconds. Real-time synchronization can be achieved over conventional Ethernet systems with a switch-based architecture.
CIP Sync consists of a Time Sync object and associated services that allows users to synchronize devices, including motion axes, using “time.” This synchronization method provides a more flexible and scalable network architecture, ideal for large-scale motion systems. CIP Sync is not restricted by many of the constraints imposed by event-based or time-sliced implementations.