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
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 December 18, 2018

ICS/IIoT taxonomy needed for cybersecurity

There is many opinions and beliefs on what an industrial control system (ICS) is and what the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) comprises, which makes a common understanding crucial.

Ethernet
The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) announced the completion of the specification for CC-Link IE TSN to meet future market demands to integrate operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT). Courtesy: CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA)
Ethernet November 27, 2018

Industrial Ethernet specification with TSN

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) announced the completion of the specification for CC-Link IE TSN to meet future market demands to integrate operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT).

By CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA)
Wireless
Wireless December 18, 2018

IIC, OpenFog groups to collaborate

Combined organization to focus on cloud computing and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) research.

By Bob Vavra
Other Networks
Figure 1. The network architecture supports groups of field instruments and actuators using mesh communication to support reliable data transfer. Each device acts as a data originator and potential relay point. Courtesy: Emerson Automation Solutions
Other Networks December 17, 2018

Top 5 Control Engineering articles December 10-16

Articles about the 2019 System Integrator Giants, the System Integrator winners, AR and VR, and bringing IIoT to process plants were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 10-16, 2018. 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