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Courtesy: EtherCAT Technology Group
Ethernet July 6, 2020

Safety over EtherCAT conformance test benefits

The Safety over EtherCAT (FSoE) conformance test is required for manufacturer to prove the safety of a device, and increases reliability, freedom from errors and interoperability of secure communication.

By Christiane Hammel
Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Automation July 2, 2020

Modular window film application system reveals high precision, throughput

PDS IG Equipment doubles window film throughput compared to the industry standard by using EtherCAT and PC-based control.

By James Figy
Courtesy of: FDT Group
Ethernet May 30, 2020

IIoT-based industrial protocol upgrade to support process, factory automation industries

FDT Group and ODVA are partnering together for FDT’s 3.0 architecture solution by incorporating FDT IIoT Server (FITS), to the common industrial protocol (CIP).

By FDT Group
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Ethernet May 26, 2020

Single-pair Ethernet technology benefits for IIoT

Single-pair Ethernet (SPE) enables a simultaneous power supply of terminal devices via power over data line (PODL) over a single pair of copper wires, opening up new possibilities and fields of application for industrial Ethernet and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Control Engineering Europe
Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Ethernet May 8, 2020

Combine Ethernet, fieldbus advantages, avoid limits

EtherCAT provides reliable, deterministic communication through industrial-hardened hardware and unique functional principles. How does EtherCAT work?

By Sree Swarna Gutta
Courtesy: ODVA
Ethernet April 29, 2020

Five key ways an industrial Ethernet protocol can use TSN

Time-sensitive networking (TSN) is a practical option to meet the needs of time-critical applications, create flexibility in network design and plan for the future brought about by Industry 4.0 and IIoT. See five benefits of its use in industrial Ethernet networks.

By Steve Fales
Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media and Technology
Process Manufacturing February 24, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 17-23

Articles about the Engineers' Choice winners, process valve choices, cotton gin improvements, robots and drones in process facilities, and the top 2019 university articles were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 17-23. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
The more information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) are connected, the more attention network infrastructure requires, especially to the switches. Indu-Sol’s PROmesh P20 functions as a distribution layer switch in the Industrial information technology (IIT) level. That product won a 2020 Engineers’ Choice Award in the Network Integration – Ethernet Hardware, Switches category. Courtesy: Indu-Sol GmbH
Other Networks February 11, 2020

Design advice for connecting IT and OT

High-performance infrastructure, including industrial Ethernet networks, helps with efficient, secure and reliable connections between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) systems and software. Note the unseen costs of unmanaged switch and transition layer between IT and OT.

By Christian Wiesel
Interior view of Humidifier control cabinet with PROFINET I/O (Siemens ET200S). This view was taken during testing before commissioning and final cleanup. Courtesy: Design Automated Controls
Ethernet February 8, 2020

Continuous improvements help Alabama cotton gin increase yields

A cotton gin facility in Alabama upgraded its industrial network to better manage its increased production while running optimally for long periods of time.

By Nelly Ayllon Lazo
High-speed, long distance distributed pneumatic and I/O communications are available, extending the reach of Ethernet protocols, such as EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, and Profinet, as Festo showed at Automation Fair by Rockwell Automation in Chicago. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology
Ethernet December 14, 2019

Ethernet for process and discrete devices

Think Again: Separate efforts aim to extend Ethernet to process and discrete devices. Standards can promote interoperability for devices and software if standards are specific enough.

By Mark T. Hoske