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).
In a positive example of collaboration to encourage manufacturing growth, Harting announced a $6 million expansion inside existing Elgin, Ill., facility. Community colleges, government officials, and various organizations worked with Harting and encouraged that growth in four ways.
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The FDT IIoT Server (FITS) architecture has been empowered with full platform independence and is designed to be deployable on a Microsoft-, Linux-, or macOS-based operating system.
Addressing the issues behind Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices to help with mobile industrial computing applications.
Partial upgrades to existing automation systems can be difficult, requiring close cooperation between the system integrator and plant personnel.
International: The latest developments to the Advanced Physical Layer (APL) project to enable Ethernet for process applications were reported at the 2018 ACHEMA exhibition by three standards-based organizations for process automation suppliers. The goal is a ruggedized, two-wire, loop-powered Ethernet physical layer.
The Zigbee Alliance announced a certification program designed to create business opportunities for members and a mesh network designed to improve power generation.
Technology Update: IEEE Time Sensitive Networking evolves standard Ethernet to enable deterministic networking that supports coexistence of critical and non-critical forms of traffic. Experts provide TSN updates and explanations.
Many plant-specific factors affect controller criteria, but choices unique to controller type exist as well.