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 protocolsGoverning OrganizationsURLs
CC-Link IECC-Link Partner 
EtherCATEtherCAT Technology  
Ethernet PowerlinkEthernet Powerlink Standardization 
FL-Net (OPCN-2)Japan Electrical Manufacturers 
Foundation HSEFieldbus 
Mechantrolink IIIMechatrolink Members 
Profinet and Profinet IRTPI North 
SafetyNetSafety Network International 
SERCOS IIISERCOS North America, Sercos 
SynqNetSynqnet Interest 
TCP/IP and UDP (native)Internet Engineering Task 

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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