The evolution and proliferation of Ethernet has smoothed the path to integrating the automation space, enabling open protocols such as OPC to function optimally. This is part of a Control Engineering December cover story.
Open connectivity through open standards began as a way for suppliers to achieve interoperability from factory floor devices to first-tier visualization applications. This is part of a Control Engineering December cover story.
If you still connect devices and controllers with point-to-point wiring, it’s time to take a look at one of the fieldbus networking options available. An appropriate selection will save money now and later.