Industrial Networks

Deploy Secure, Reliable, and Robust Industrial Network Solutions

For plants to become information driven, they need a strong foundation consisting of one industrial network architecture. It is crucial to send data to the right place, at the right time, and in the right context. A network infrastructure that is built on standard EtherNet and IP enables the flow of data across your global enterprise.

Industrial Communication Protocols

Future-proof Industrial Networking with Standard Ethernet and IP

EtherNet/IP™ is an open industrial Ethernet network capable of handling discrete, safety, motion, process, and drive control applications. EtherNet/IP helps to enable secure, real-time information between machines, systems, and enterprises. This network allows information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) professionals to more easily meet their business goals.

We are a member of ODVA, who defines standards and develops tools for the deployment of the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP). CIP is an application layer protocol that is shared by a family of industrial networks, EtherNet/IP, ControlNet™, and DeviceNet™. It provides industrial networking for safety, time synchronization, motion control, and information. This protocol provides CIP Safety™, CIP Sync™, CIP Motion™, CIP Energy™, and CIP Security™ services.

Industrial Network Training

Educating the Industrial Workforce on IT and OT

The demand for skilled professionals who understand the exchange between IT and OT is increasing.

We collaborated with Cisco to develop a training and certification portfolio that is optimized for both IT and OT. This training and certification portfolio provides the skills to converge the network architecture to maximize efficiency and return on investment.

  • Managing Industrial Networks with Cisco Networking Technologies (IMINS) and Cisco Industrial Networking Specialist certification
  • Managing Industrial Networks for Manufacturing with Cisco Technologies (IMINS2) and Cisco Certified Network Associate Industrial certification

Industrial IP Advantage, which is a coalition led by Cisco, Panduit, and Rockwell Automation, offers a virtual eLearning course. The industrial network design training combines the knowledge, best practices, and application-specific expertise of three industry leaders. This training helps engineers build a holistic IP-based network architecture.

          Industrial IP Advantage Training Program

Partner Collaboration

Integrating Plant and Enterprise Networks

When you design and deploy a network infrastructure, it is important to understand how IT and OT work together. We have partnered with industry leaders that have experience with this convergence and know what it takes for your systems to work seamlessly.

In collaboration with Cisco, we:

  • Connect industrial networks up to the enterprise network infrastructure
  • Develop a reliable, secure, and safe infrastructure
  • Develop tested and validated reference architectures, industrial network products, and network design training

In collaboration with Panduit, we:

  • Provide pre-configured physical network infrastructure solutions, including industrial data centers and zone enclosures
  • Connect industrial networks into the enterprise network infrastructure
  • Develop network design training

How May We Help You?

Rockwell Automation and our partners offer exceptional knowledge to help design, implement, and support your automation investment.