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.

Ethernet Workgroup Task Force Leaders

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 PHARMAFameccanica, 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


  • November 15th: Wireless and RF Technologies in Industrial Environments
  • December 6th: Network Management Essentials

Contact us
for meeting details and to learn more about this initiative.


Bridging IT and OT

Reasons for Network Segmentation

IP Addressing Challenges

Real-time Communication and Determinism 

Converged Networks and VLANs

Securing IT and OT Networks

Wireless and RF Technologies in Industrial Environments

Network Management Essentials

Member Experiences

ei3 actively works with industry groups to encourage the use of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to meet the growth and sustainability challenges of the 21st century.