Time-sensitive networking (TSN) can simplify industrial systems and reduce system and hardware costs, an appealing choice for companies looking to harness data in the Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) era.
Best practices: Industrial Ethernet protocols should allow and promote industrial functions, easy connectivity, and use, and integration with other networks, including legacy networks. Consider this advice.
Industrie 4.0’s potential places a lot of demands on manufacturers looking to make data-driven decisions, and industrial Ethernet networks need to handle the increasing speed and volume.
While traditional industrial networks are using Ethernet switches to prepare for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications, there is a place for unmanaged switches, though they come with some risks.
Configuration using PC-based control software, EtherCAT networks, integrated drives, and one-cable technology (OCT) simplify motion control system design and reduce servomotor costs.
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies have the potential to improve user benefits through diagnostics, prognostics and predictive maintenance.
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International: CC-Link IE Field Basic is an option for smart factory network architectures where low-cost control networks are needed.
A system integrator deployed a Profinet industrial Ethernet network and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) for a food supplier looking to expand its facility. The integrator used the Ethernet network to improve communications and optimize operational efficiency for $125,000 in annual energy savings.
Brooks Instrument's SLA5800 Series of mass flow controllers (MFCs) has added the EtherNet/IP digital communications interface for improved interactivity.