Rockwell Automation and Cisco collaborated to develop Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) Architectures. These industrial-focused reference architectures provide users with the foundation to successfully deploy the latest technologies. The design and implementation guides include plant-wide focused, tested, validated, and documented reference architectures. Comprised of Rockwell Automation and Cisco expertise, the documents provide a foundation to help reduce risk and successfully deploy the latest technologies optimized for both OT and IT engineers.
Read about the latest network and security technologies in our industrial whitepapers.
22 April 2019
See our use cases for designing and deploying DLR technology across OEM and plant-wide IACS applications.
15 January 2019
Outlines several network security use cases for plant-wide Industrial Automation and Control System (IACS) network infrastructure.
1 May 2018
See use cases to design and deploy an IDC within plant-wide industrial automation and control system (IACS) applications.
2 April 2018
Application guide for security use cases to design and deploy end-to-end connectivity with FactoryTalk® software from the machine, to the enterprise, to the cloud within a CPwE architecture.
5 March 2018
Best practices and implementation considerations to help with successfully designing and deploying a holistic resilient plant-wide network architecture.
1 February 2018
Guidelines for protecting IACS assets through deploying a centrally manageable defense-in-depth security approach that addresses internal security threats.
1 October 2017
Guidance to design and deploy Stratix® 2500 lightly managed ethernet switches within OEM applications and CPwE architectures.
1 June 2017
This application guide provides direction for the fiber optic cabling used in a Converged Plant-wide Ethernet architecture. Tested and validated by Cisco, Panduit, and Rockwell Automation.
31 December 2016
Read about use cases for designing, deploying, and managing industrial firewalls throughout a plant-wide IACS network infrastructure.
28 March 2016
Outlines the concepts, requirements, technology and design considerations for connecting remote industrial automation and control system (IACS) assets to a plant-wide network architecture.
19 January 2016
Outlines requirements and solutions for specific applications of migrating a traditional Industrial Automation and Control System (IACS) network architecture to standard Ethernet and IP.
19 July 2015
Guidelines to help with the successful design and deployment of an Industrial Demilitarized Zone within Industrial Automation and Control System (IACS) architectures
29 May 2015
Guidelines for deploying Network Address Translation (NAT) technology enabling the reuse of IP addresses, while allowing those IACS applications to integrate into the larger architecture.
30 September 2014
The CPwE-WLAN design and implementation guide builds on the existing CPwE architecture by introducing 802.11 Wireless LAN network capabilities, with emphasis on equipment connectivity.
30 June 2014
This guide explores deploying the Resilient Ethernet Protocol within the CPwE reference architectures by showing convergence functions.
30 September 2011
Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) Design and Implementation Guide