May/June 2012
Automation Update

Endress+Hauser joins ODVA as principal member

Endress+Hauser joins leading suppliers Bosch Rexroth, Cisco Systems, Rockwell Automation, Omron, and Schneider Electric in becoming a principal member of ODVA in Ann Arbor, Mich. Endress+Hauser's increased participation in ODVA builds on its long-term support of open industrial networking technologies, including the company's portfolio of mass flowmeters designed for the EtherNet/IP network.

With leading industrial automation suppliers as principal members, ODVA is one of the first associations that strive to support industrial Ethernet down to the field level in process automation. This will help provide manufacturers a complete, plant-wide network infrastructure for process, motion, safety, and discrete applications from plant-floor to IT systems. Traditionally, devices measuring and controlling process variables rely on a field network to transfer information, while other devices within the plant use completely different networks for data communication. By improving this complex, multi-tier, networking strategy with one standard network architecture, namely EtherNet/IP, users have a simplified network structure as well as better access to plant-floor information. This enhances the ability to monitor overall performance, troubleshoot out-of-margin conditions, and minimize downtime.

Endress+Hauser made its first major commitment to ODVA technologies in 2009 when the company launched the Promass 83-the world's first Coriolis mass flowmeter with EtherNet/IP connectivity-capable of measuring mass flow, density, and temperature, featuring an integrated Web server that allows authorized users to remotely conduct diagnostics, configure the instrument, or perform process optimization. The company also recently launched its Promag 53 electromagnetic flowmeter with EtherNet/IP connectivity.

ODVA will introduce Endress+Hauser as a principal member at its 2012 Industry Conference and 15th annual meeting, to be held 16-18 October in Stone Mountain, Ga. 

-News brief courtesy of Automation.com