Industrial Networks Whitepapers

A Technical Evaluation of Specific Network Technologies

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.

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Deploy an IDC in a CPwE Architecture

March 5, 2018

Learn how to achieve a resilient, scalable network infrastructure designed to optimize plant-wide IACS application and network performance.

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.

Device Level Ring within a CPwE

October 1, 2017

See our use cases for designing and deploying DLR technology across OEM and plant-wide IACS applications.

FactoryTalk Cloud Connectivity

October 1, 2017

Use cases to design and deploy end-to-end connectivity with FactoryTalk® software from the machine, to the enterprise, to the cloud level in a CPwE.

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.

Location Based Services

June 30, 2016

Outlines the concepts, requirements, technology and design considerations for Location Based Services (LBS) within the Converged Plantwide Ethernet Unified Wireless LAN architectures.

The Connected Mine

April 1, 2016

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

Deploy a Resilient Ethernet Architecture

December 31, 2015

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

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.

Deploying Identify Services Engine

July 31, 2015

Learn how Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) helps support centrally managed secure computer access to the network.

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.