Industrial Networks Whitepapers

A Technical Evaluation of Specific Network Technologies

Industrial Networks Whitepapers

We continuously publish whitepapers to provide awareness on network and security capabilities. These whitepapers explain the industrial-focused CPwE architectures that are tested and validated as part of the design guides referenced above. The whitepapers often combine Rockwell Automation and Cisco expertise to accurately address convergence between industrial and enterprise networks.

CPwE Design Guides

View tested and validated reference architectures to help you design and implement your network.

A Resilient Converged Plantwide Ethernet Architecture

August 1, 2020
Design considerations to the design and deployment of a holistic resilient plant-wide network architecture.

CIP Security within a CPwE ArchitectureFebruary 25, 2020
See our IEC 62443 based security architecture use cases for designing and deploying CIP Security™ technology across plant-wide or site-wide IACS applications.

Device Level Ring within a CPwE February 6, 2020
See our use cases for designing and deploying DLR technology across OEM and plant-wide IACS applications.

Cloud Connectivity within a CPwE Architecture

February 5, 2020
See our security architecture use cases to design and deploy end-to-end connectivity from FactoryTalk® applications to the Rockwell Automation cloud within a CPwE architecture.

Modernizing from ControlNet to EtherNet/IP

February 5, 2020
ControlNet® protocol has been a reliable network solution for IACS for the past 25 years. Moving forward, customers can better optimize their asset utilization using EtherNet/IP™ protocol.

Parallel Redundancy Protocol in CPwE Architecture

October 22, 2019
See our use cases for designing and deploying Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) technology with redundant network infrastructure across plant-wide IACS applications.

Panduit Deploys CPwE Improving Network Performance

September 10, 2019
Panduit implements a plant-wide network technology upgrade in its Costa Rica facility to achieve optimized plant uptime and productivity.

Scalable Time Distribution

April 22, 2019
See our use cases for designing and deploying IEEE 1588 PTP and CIP Sync technology throughout a plant-wide network infrastructure.

Network Security within a CPwE Architecture

April  11, 2019
This whitepaper outlines several network security use cases for plant-wide industrial automation and control system (IACS) network infrastructure.

License-based Protection Versus a Software Solution

December 5, 2018
Explore why a hardware root of trust Licensed-based Protection is a higher level of security and can keep your valuable property safer than just keys and/or a password.

Deploy Identity & Mobility Services Within a CPwE

October 1, 2017
Outlines several security and mobility architecture use cases for designing and deploying mobile devices, with FactoryTalk® software applications.

Lightly Managed Industrial Ethernet Switches

October 1, 2017
Use cases to design and deploy Stratix® 2500 lightly managed ethernet switches within OEM applications and CPwE architectures.

Deployment of Industrial Firewalls

December 30, 2016
Learn how to design, deploy and manage Stratix 5950 industrial firewalls in a plant-wide industrial network.

The Connected Mine Whitepaper

April 1, 2016
Seamless connectivity and information sharing can improve business performance, increase yield, and reduce safety risks.

Migrate IACS Networks to a CPwE Architecture

November 30, 2015
Read about key industrial automation application requirements to help migration within the CPwE architecture framework.

Deploy Network Address Translation

May 30, 2015
Learn how Network Address Translation can help you save time by virtualizing IP addresses.

802.11 Wireless LAN Technology Whitepaper

September 14, 2014
Design and implementation guidance to achieve the real-time communication, reliability, and resiliency requirements of the industrial control system.

Security Design Considerations

June 29, 2013
General considerations to design and deploy a holistic defense-in-depth industrial security policy to help secure networked Industrial Automation and Control System assets.

Segmenting the Industrial and Enterprise Zones

May 31, 2013
Recommendations for segmenting business networks from plant-wide networks by using an Industrial Demilitarized Zone.

Plantwide EtherNet/IP Deployment Recommendations

October 21, 2011
With cyber security and network performance at the forefront, follow a plan to help ensure the best industrial network design for your plant.

Guidance for Selecting Cables for EtherNet/IP

January 30, 2009
Designed to help the user select cabling based on the application, environmental conditions, and mechanical requirements.