Ethernet protocols used for industrial applications, governing organizations, URLs

List of protocols, governing organizations, websites, and other useful URLs and articles from Control Engineering follows, with a table of industrial Ethernet protocols.


Organizations in charge of Ethernet protocols used for industrial applications continue to add value through protocol extensions and updates, related networks, and gaining support of various network vendors and manufacturers.

Check each organization’s website for the latest information about capabilities of industrial Ethernet protocols and related industrial networks and extensions. See bottom of page for additional industrial Ethernet article links from Control Engineering.

Table of Ethernet protocols

Ethernet protocols

Governing Organizations



BACnet International 

CC-Link IE

CC-Link Partner Association 


EtherCAT Technology Group  

Ethernet Powerlink

Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group 



FL-Net (OPCN-2)

Japan Electrical Manufacturers Association 

Foundation HSE

Fieldbus Foundation 

Mechantrolink III

Mechatrolink Members Association 

Modbus TCP


Profinet and Profinet IRT

PI North America 


Safety Network International e.V. 


SERCOS North America, Sercos International 


Synqnet Interest Group 

TCP/IP and UDP (native)

Internet Engineering Task Force 


VARAN Bus Nutzerorganization 

Source: Control Engineering, CFE Media, 

Related links:
Also see table: Is Office Ethernet Hardware Tough Enough for Industrial Use? With a table of hardware characteristics. 

Also see: Who Puts the 'Industrial’ in Ethernet?

High Performance Industrial Networks - research

Plug into Industrial Ethernet Protocols 

Industrial Network Channel 

- Compiled by Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media, Control Engineering,

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