Rockwell Automation announced the availability of a 75-page addition to the "Converged Plantwide Ethernet Design and Implementation Guide" to help machine builders and manufacturers deploy integrated motion using EtherNet/IP networking technology. The new chapter of the guide, which was developed as part of a collaborative effort with Cisco, provides detailed design guidance, recommendations and best practices to help control-system engineers tightly and securely synchronize their motion applications within the plantwide architecture. For applications requiring highly integrated motion control, such as packaging, pick-and-place, converting, assembly and robotics, the network infrastructure must be capable of managing time-synchronization services and delivering data between devices in a timely manner. The new chapter of the Design and Implementation Guide addresses both of these tasks, while leveraging the EtherNet/IP network."Addressing the requirements of deterministic, real-time, closed-loop motion control with TCP/IP technology is an essential next step to helping manufacturers design converged plantwide Ethernet architectures," said Steve Zuponcic, manager, Commercial Engineering, Rockwell Automation. "Using the detailed Design and Implementation Guide, our customers can quickly achieve network convergence and gain access to the real-time information they need for plantwide optimization." "Rockwell Automation and Cisco are committed to helping manufacturers bridge the technical and cultural gaps between plantfloor and higher-level IT information systems," said Chet Namboodri, global director, Manufacturing Industry Solutions and Marketing, Cisco Systems. "We’ve worked together to test and validate the Design and Implementation Guide, ensuring that our respective customers can efficiently optimize their manufacturing and overall business operations."