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Common Industrial Protocol (CIP™) and the Family of CIP Networks

Authored by: Viktor Schiffer

Industrial Communication Technology Handbook

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9781482207323
eBook ISBN: 9781482207330
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Traditionally, networks used in manufacturing enterprises were optimized for performance in specific applications, most commonly for control, information, and safety. While well suited to the functionality for which they were designed, these networks were not developed with a single, coherent enterprise architecture in mind. Since efficiency, reliability, and, ultimately, profitability are generally dependent on having more than one of these capabilities, manufacturers were forced to implement several different networks, none of which communicated innately with the other. As a result, over the course of time, most manufacturing enterprise network environments have been characterized by numerous specialized—and generally incompatible—networks existing in one space.

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