Rockwell, Fluke launch Ethernet testing guide

Aug. 10, 2020

Fluke Networks and Rockwell Automation announced the release of a new guide for industrial systems integrators, outlining a comprehensive approach to reduce start-up and operational problems related to copper and fiber cabling. The free guide allows these integrators to deliver more reliable customer solutions, the companies say.

“Independent research has shown that most Industrial Ethernet failures are the result of cabling problems,” says Harvey Trager, industrial product manager at Fluke Networks. “By testing the cabling during the startup process, many of these problems can be avoided.”

The guide pairs the expertise in industrial automations at Rockwell Automation with that in cable testing at Fluke Networks and provides detailed instructions on testing methodologies for both copper and fiber Industrial Ethernet cabling.

“These testing guidelines are based on decades of experience in real-world application of Ethernet/IP technologies by both Rockwell and Fluke Networks.” Trager adds.  “By understanding and implementing them, integrators can assure their installations will have a faster startup and more reliable operation.”

Two versions of the guide are available. A generic version can be downloaded at, while a version featuring additional information relevant to Ethernet/IP installations is available exclusively to Rockwell Automation partners from their Rockwell Automation Connected Services Business Development Leader.