The newest edition of The Ethernet/IP Specification from the ODVA organization provides a framework for designers to include energy-conserving functions into their products for when equipment is in production mode. The update addresses energy as a managed resource.
The industrial sector alone consumes about half of the world’s total delivered energy, making it the largest end-use sector. “By 2035, global industrial energy consumption is projected to increase by 40% from pre-recession levels, much of it from emerging economies,” said Katherine Voss, president and executive director, ODVA. “Implementing strategies for energy conservation by the industrial sector will be crucial to meeting ambitious sustainability objectives for all.”
Earlier editions addressed standard tools and energy reporting methods for Ethernet/IP to aid in energy assessment and energy monitoring, and standard network services for commanding non-operational automation equipment to conservation states.
In addition to energy, Ethernet/IP supports a broad range of industrial automation applications across control, safety, information, network management, motion and synchronization. ODVA updates its network specifications biannually to enable end-users and OEMs to meet the ongoing expansion of industrial automation applications using the family of CIP Networks—the Ethernet/IP, DeviceNet, CompoNet and ControlNet technologies.
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