Networking and Security

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Industrial PCs May 4, 2021

Connected distribution center takes control of intralogistics challenges

Cover Story: A connected distribution center boosts device connectivity and networking capabilities with PC control and EtherCAT while cutting controller hardware costs by 50%.

By James Figy
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Commissioning March 9, 2021

Video: How Does Cybercrime Impact My Business?

Cybercrime has become prevalent because it’s easy and it’s really profitable, generating more than $1.5 trillion in 2018 alone.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
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Cybersecurity June 21, 2021

Looking into the cybersecurity future through the past

The past informs the present when it comes to cybersecurity and what we once thought of as fanciful is becoming a reality. What people are willing to do will inform our future.

By Chris Vavra
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Ethernet June 22, 2021

Hardware needed for building a Profinet network

Users will employ three major pieces of hardware when building an industrial network with Profinet: controllers, devices, and general infrastructure.See video containing a live demo.

By Nelly Ayllon
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IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 16, 2021

Common components decrease development effort, increase interoperability

Companies designing next-generation IIoT devices must produce enhanced functionality within limited time and budgets, but leveraging developer toolkits can increase efficiency and interoperability.

By FDT Group
Image courtesy: Brett Sayles
Ethernet June 21, 2021

How Ethernet technology advances can help process manufacturers

Ethernet Advanced Physical Layer (E-APL), an enhanced physical layer for single-pair Ethernet (SPE) based on 10BASET1L, could help process manufacturers move on from 4-20 mA technology.

By Ronny Becker and Andreas Hennecke
An engineering breakthrough from Festo combines the simplicity of pneumatics with the benefits of electric automation. The new Simplified Motion Series (SMS) takes proven spindle axes, toothed belt axes, mini slides, electric cylinders, and rotary actuators and integrates them with an onboard-servo drive. Users commission two-position functionality via onboard push buttons with no additional software needed. IO-Link control can be used for flexible, multi-position applications. It received 2021 Engineers’ Choice recognition in the Motion Control – Drives category. Courtesy: Festo
Process Manufacturing February 5, 2021

Low-cost, easy-to-use electric motion

Use easy-to-use electric actuators: Digital I/O ensures pneumatics-like control, while IO-Link adds a third, mid-point position for new capabilities.

By Tim Sharkey