Mobile, AL — N-TRON Corp. announces the addition of EtherNet/IP, the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP), and LLDP (Link Layer Discovery Protocol) to its popular line of Fully Managed Industrial Ethernet Switches.
EtherNet/IP (Ethernet Industrial Protocol), an open communications protocol managed by the Open Device Vendors Association (ODVA), is designed for use in process control and industrial automation applications. EtherNet/IP uses CIP to link computers, PLC’s, and remote devices in a producer/consumer model of communication. Optimized for industrial applications, CIP support allows N-TRON switches to deliver information and configuration access directly to
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s) and HMI’s (Human Machine Interface) via open
standard communication protocol.
LLDP (Link Layer Discovery Protocol) is a vendor neutral discovery protocol that allows switches and other LLDP capable devices on an IEEE802 LAN to advertise their capabilities to, and discover information from neighboring LAN members. Discovered information is stored in a MIB accessible through SNMP management tools such as N-TRON’s iSNMP.
EtherNet/IP with CIP messaging and LLDP are now available as standard features with
N-TRON’s 708TX, 708FX2, 708M12, 716TX, 716FX2, 7018TX, and 7018FX2 industrial
switches, extending an already rich feature set.
CIP tags, RSLogix 5000 sample projects, and diagnostic faceplates for FactoryTalk® View ME are provided for quick setup and configuration.
Filed Under: Factory automation, Ethernet — cables • hubs • switches, HMIs • operator interfaces • monitors, Networks • connectivity • fieldbuses, PLCs + PACs