Webcast: Replacing Legacy Networking Protocols with Ethernet

Ethernet networks have been used in industrial applications for many years, but large numbers of facilities still maintain older systems that lack many beneficial capabilities.


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Ethernet networks have been used in industrial applications for many years, but large numbers of facilities still maintain older systems that lack many beneficial capabilities. Companies considering an upgrade can gain improved network connectivity along with hardware flexibility and availability. In this webcast, two system integrators who have carried out such upgrades discuss the process, including how users can manage the process for a smooth transition. Two actual implementations, representing process and discrete manufacturing plants, will be examined in detail.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Comparisons of current Ethernet capabilities against popular legacy systems.
  2. Questions users should ask as they begin planning a new deployment.
  3. Mechanical considerations related to wiring and networking hardware.
  4. Examinations of two actual implementations, including lessons learned.
  5. Benefits that users typically realize after an upgrade.


  • John F. Boyd, Technology Leader, Rockwell Automation for Maverick Technologies
  • Nicholas Hitchcock, PE, Senior Electrical Engineer, Patti Engineering, Inc.

Moderator: Peter Welander, Moderator, Control Engineering

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