The purpose of this guide is to assist technicians and engineers in integrating Eaton’s motor
control products into a new or existing EtherNet/IP network, specifically Rockwell Automation
(RA) Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC). EtherNet/IP (EIP) is being used in a wide range of
industries and is one of the fastest growing industrial protocols in the United States. EtherNet/IP
is an open source implementation, thus allowing for the continuous development and support
from industry leaders (such as Eaton), and ensuring that this industrial application layer protocol
Instructions and examples are based on Eaton EIP Assist tool, Eaton add-on instructions,
RSLINX, and a Compact/ControlLogix™ PLC platform, configured with the RSLogix 5000 or
Studio 5000 (RS5K) software environment. This guide will navigate, configure and explore the
functionality of Eaton EIP-Assist I/O Tag Generation tool.
The EIP I/O Tag Generation tool was developed to allow technicians and engineers to select
multiple Eaton EtherNet/IP products, their functions (pre-defined I/O assemblies), and then
output the compiled data to a Comma Separated Value (CSV) file. Once imported into the RS5K
environment, these tags are then aliased to generic tags created when adding the Eaton
module[s], thus simplifying integration and reducing commissioning time.
This document is written and intended for technicians and engineers who will be commissioning
and/or supporting Eaton’s motor control product on the plant floor. The intended users should
know, at the very least, familiarity with navigating through the RS5K software environment.