Common industrial protocol (CIP) is a set of standards that all the automation companies should maintain. Automation is the process of replacing human workers with the computer system and controlling all the machines and processes through the computers. The standards of CIP are maintained and supported by Open DeviceNet Vendors Association. This networking system is also based on CIP and other big companies as component and Ethernet are also working on the framework of CIP.

CIP has different sections that are supported by ODVA. The extension of Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) applications are CIP safety, CIP Sync and CIP Motion. CIP contains a comprehensive plan for all the features of automation e.g. it provides services for control, and safety, organization and arrangement, and motion and information.

They also provide messages to users to make it easier for them to understand. If so they can easily integrate applications with different networks and the Internet. Media does not play a core role in its progress; this system is supported all over the world. CIP is the only communication architecture in the manufacturing enterprises around the world.

The common feature of a CIP is that it provides the messaging services within the frame of Netlinx architecture. It also enables you to connect to any network and enables you to collect data from anywhere you desire. The advantage of its common routing capabilities is that it saves time and the system quickly configures with required routing table and more logic. Data can be easily transferred between the networks.

Common based knowledge within the CIP is time efficient when you are moving from one network to another because less time is required for training of similar tools and features. CIP has many layers which enfold many networking levels. For example; Ethernet uses the transmission control protocol/internet protocol or TCP/IP which is integration between CIP and Ethernet layers.

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