Networking and Security
Omron's NX Series CIP safety network controller with EtherCAT and EtherNet/IP capabilities is ideal for IIoT hard-wired mechanical devices such as position detection switches for determining robot placement. Courtesy: Omron
Networking and Security December 11, 2018

Safety network controller for IIoT mechanical devices

Omron's NX Series CIP safety network controller with EtherCAT and EtherNet/IP capabilities is ideal for IIoT hard-wired mechanical devices such as position detection switches for determining robot placement.

By Omron Automation Americas
Rittal's IoT interface is designed to provide optimal integration of cooling units and chillers in Industrie 4.0 applications, which makes continuous communication from the sensor to the cloud possible as well as connection to superordinate monitoring or energy management systems. Courtesy: Rittal
Networking and Security November 6, 2018

IoT interface for cooling unit integration

Rittal's IoT interface is designed to provide optimal integration of cooling units and chillers in Industrie 4.0 applications, which makes continuous communication from the sensor to the cloud possible as well as connection to superordinate monitoring or energy management systems.

By Rittal
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity for IoT robotic systems requires a multistep approach including a robust application security program. Courtesy: Robotic Industries Association/TÜV Rheinland
Cybersecurity January 15, 2019

Cybersecurity required for safe IIoT robots

For a robot to be safe, it must also be secure from cyberattacks in the age of Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Everyone in the information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) departments are responsible for ensuring this happens.

By Tanya M. Anandan
Ethernet
OPC Foundation represented discussed the OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) technical roadmap on Sept. 13, part of the Hannover USA conference at IMTS 2018. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media
Ethernet January 13, 2019

Software helps industrial network communications

Industrial network stacks and other industrial connectivity software work to enhance connectivity among devices and systems. OPC UA, MTConnect, EtherNet/IP, and CC-Link are among software that organizations provide. Middleware also provides connectivity between the plant floor and other systems.

By Mark T. Hoske
Wireless
Figure 3: The IIC’s Industrial Internet Connectivity Framework (IICF) is the industry’s most comprehensive analysis of connectivity technologies. It includes detailed assessments for the most common IIoT technologies, including OPC UA and DDS. It also proposes an architecture for using them together. Courtesy: Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
Wireless January 11, 2019

The future of IIoT software in manufacturing

A guide to understanding and using data distribution service (DDS), time-sensitive networking (TSN), and OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) for advanced manufacturing applications.

By Stan Schneider, PhD
Other Networks
Figure 1: According to a survey by the Eclipse Foundation, messaging queuing telemetry transport (MQTT) is the most-used messaging protocol for an IoT solution. Courtesy: Eclipse Foundation Inc.
Other Networks January 14, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 7-13

Articles about MQTT's role as an IoT message transport, the 2019 System Integrator Giants, the SI as your partner, a yogurt plant improving their operations, and automating an existing manual valve were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 7-13. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
I/O Systems, I/O Modules
Figure 2: One-cable technology (OCT) minimizes cabling concerns by providing power and signal for HMI hardware, servo systems and other field components through a variety of connector types. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
I/O Systems, I/O Modules December 7, 2018

The best cable management strategy is foresight in selecting components

Reduce or eliminate unnecessary cables through pluggable I/O terminals and one-cable strategies in control cabinets and machines.

By Sree Potluri