ei3 Leads OMAC's Initiative in Creating a Practical Guide for Ethernet Deployments in Automation

While Ethernet networks are well-established, their implementation within industrial automation applications can be challenging due to the unique demands in manufacturing environments. OMAC’s latest initiative, led by ei3, aims to examine different architectural approaches and their associated benefits in order to make Ethernet deployment more efficient and secure.

OMAC invites end users, OEMs, system integrators, and technology providers to join the workgroup to examine a wide range of architectures, including lower-level I/O networks, enterprise connectivity, common IP addressing, monitoring and diagnostics, VLANs, wireless and 5G applications.

The workgroup is led by industrial Ethernet expert Mark Fondl, co-author of a recent EtherNet/IP book, along with Gary Workman, a key contributor to General Motors’ EtherNet/IP strategy, and David Gutshall, an expert in end-user networks currently at Cisco working on Industrial Ethernet. Collectively, they bring over 50 years of experience in industrial Ethernet networks, making them the ideal leaders for this project.

As with all OMAC publications, members can access them through the portal.
About the Workgroup


This collaborative workgroup draws upon a diverse spectrum of automation expertise, offering comprehensive insights from end users, machine builders, system integrators, and technology vendors. Participating organizations include:

  • Leading Manufacturing Companies such as Cargill, Pepsico, Corning, Frito Lay, Proctor & Gamble, Tyson, Tesla, ACG PAM PHARMA, Fameccanica, Sonoco, General Motors, Honda, and Toyoya
  • Global OEMs including  Milacron, Barry-Wehmiller, Nordson, Markem, Bobst, Ilumin, Rychiger, and ​​Harro Höfliger
  • System Integrators like Rovisys, Martin CSI, Cognizant, ACC, Malisko, Wave Technologies, Grantek, Omnicon, Reynolds Company, Kirby Risk, E Tech Group, and SAGE, and
  • Groundbreaking Technology Companies like ei3 Corporation, Siemens, Rockwell, Cisco, Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., Opto22, Fox IV, and Copa Data


Join us for the OMAC Ethernet Deployment Guide launch on February 8th at the ARC Industry Leadership Forum in Orlando, Florida, starting at 01:30 pm. Following the launch, there will be an OMAC board meeting and a dinner celebration open to all attendees.

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Bridging IT and OT
Reasons for Network Segmentation
IP Addressing Challenges
Real-time Communications and Determinism
Converged Networks and VLANs
Securing IT and OT Networks
Wireless and RF Technologies in Industrial Environments
Network Management Essentials