EtherNet/IP continues to gain momentum in process automation and instrumentation…
ODVA has announced that Honeywell, one of the world¹s leading software-industrial companies, has become a principal member of ODVA alongside Bosch Rexroth, Cisco Systems, Endress+Hauser, Rockwell Automation, Omron and Schneider Electric. The primary focus of Honeywell¹s activities in ODVA will be through Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS), part of Honeywell¹s Performance Materials and Technologies strategic business group and an industry leader in automation control, instrumentation, software and services.
Honeywell Process Solutions has a 40-year history in process automation control. It has supported ODVA technologies and standards since the late 1990s with the integration of ControlNet into its distributed control system (DCS) offering. With the convergence of industrial control systems used in process and hybrid industries, Honeywell has seen both a growth in adoption and in opportunity for EtherNet/IP connectivity and now has integrated EtherNet/IP into multiple product lines including Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) and ControlEdge PLC. Today HPS has its solutions installed in more than 10,000 sites around the world including various locations with EtherNet/IP.
ODVA has activities focused on the adoption of EtherNet/IP in the process industries. These activities include a technical working group focused on enhancements to The EtherNet/IP Specification for specific needs in the process industries. ODVA is also involved in industry-wide efforts to promote adoption of Ethernet in the process industries, such as its collaboration with FieldComm Group and Profibus and Profinet International to help promote adoption of Ethernet to the Field that will be made possible by forthcoming enhancements to the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard for long-reach single pair Ethernet.
"EtherNet/IP is an important platform for industrial control and, in the future, for overall digitisation," stated Brian Reynolds, senior director of engineering for HPS¹ Projects and Automation Solutions business. ³Honeywell leverages EtherNet/IP in its Connected Plant solutions, which allows customers to collect more meaningful data from devices to improve overall equipment effectiveness and safety. By joining ODVA as a principal member, Honeywell is increasing its contribution to the advancement of EtherNet/IP and related ODVA technology and standards, in order to increase productivity, reliability, safety, security and digitalisation in the process and hybrid industries.²
"Adoption of EtherNet/IP in the process industries is poised for vertical take-off within the next ten years," said Katherine Voss, president and CEO of ODVA. "ODVA welcomes increased participation from Honeywell Process Solutions inside ODVA as we work together to bring the benefits of EtherNet/IP to users in an ever expanding range of industries within, and beyond, the process industries."
ODVA introduced Honeywell as a principal member at its 2018 Industry Conference and 19th Annual Meeting of Members that was held October 9-11, 2018 in Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA. The introduction included an overview of HPS and its reasons for joining ODVA as a principal member along with an end-user perspective on EtherNet/IP in Action at DowDuPont. Presentations for Honeywell and DowDuPont may be viewed and downloaded with other proceedings from the ODVA online at www.odva.org.