European conformance testing centre for EtherNet/IP
apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Arndt Lüder
|Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg / IAF
Building 10, Room 440
39106 Magdeburg / Germany
Tel.: +49 (0) 391 67 58003 (technical)
Mon-Wed: 8:00 - 13:00
Thu-Fri: 13:00 - 17:00
With user demand for EtherNet/IP rapidly increasing, ODVA and the Center Distributed Systems at the Institute of Ergonomics, Manufacturing Systems and Automation (CVS@IAF) of Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Germany, announced the first European facility for EtherNet/IP product conformance testing. At the beginning of October 2004, CVS@IAF was officially authorised by ODVA as a Test Service Provider (TSP) for EtherNet/IP conformance testing.
ODVA currently manages the specifications and oversees conformance testing for DeviceNet and EtherNet/IP, with this testing crucial in providing general industry with the vendor-independent assurance that products which are brought to market fully comply with the ODVA specifications. ODVA's authorised Test Service Providers (TSPs) conduct conformance tests to defined standards, and EtherNet/IP products that pass the tests receive an official Declaration of Conformity from ODVA and earn the right to use ODVA's EtherNet/IP CONFORMANCE TESTED certification and logo.
ODVA has a ten year history of commitment to providing industry with open, interoperable networks. EtherNet/IP, and conformance testing of EtherNet/IP products, are cornerstones of this commitment.
EtherNet/IP extends commercial off-the-shelf Ethernet to the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) - the same upper-layer protocol and object model found in DeviceNet. CIP allows EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet product developers, system integrators and users to apply the same objects and profiles for plug-and-play interoperability among devices from multiple vendors and in multiple sub-nets. Combined, DeviceNet and EtherNet/IP promote transparency from sensors to the enterprise software.
ODVA Open DeviceNet Vendor Association
ODVA is an international association comprised of members from the world's leading automation companies. Collectively, ODVA and its members support network technologies based on the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP?). These currently include DeviceNet, EtherNet/IP, CIP Safety? and CIP Sync?. ODVA manages the development of these open technologies, and assists manufacturers and users of CIP-based networks through tools, training and promotional activities. In addition, ODVA offers conformance testing to help ensure that products built to its specifications operate in multi-vendor systems. ODVA also is active in other standards development organizations and industry consortia to drive the growth of open communication standards. www.odva.org