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Converged Plantwide Ethernet

Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE)

Architecture to install secure, reliable connectivity and integration between industrial automation and control networks.

Designing a Cisco Connected Factory and Converged Plantwide Ethernet
Design and Implementation Guide

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The Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) Design and Implementation Guide aims to assist with with developing architecture for industrial Ethernet applications. Although CPwE applies to multiple industries, guide focuses on the manufacturing industry. It specifically helps manufacturers seeking to integrate or upgrade their Industrial Automation and Control System (IACS) networks to standard Ethernet and IP networking technologies.

These manufacturers are interested in:

  • Globalizing operations through IT integration with IACS.
  • Reducing mean-time-to-repair (MTTR) and increasing overall equipment effectiveness (OEE)
  • Lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO) of their current IACS network approach
  • Integrating the IACS with the wider enterprise
  • Mitigating risks by improving network uptime and equipment availability with superior security
  • Reducing costs and improved asset utilization

This guide represents a collaborative development effort from Cisco Systems and Rockwell Automation. It is built on, and adds to, design guidelines from the Cisco Ethernet-to-the-Factory (EttF) solution and the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture.

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