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.
IZ Systems minimizes equipment footprint and slashes energy requirements 45% by implementing PC-based automation and EtherCAT.
ODVA has published enhancements to The EtherNet/IP Specification, which outline how to integrate devices built to the IO-Link Communication Standard into CIP architectures
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The EtherCAT Technology Group's (ETG) technical committee has accepted EtherCAT G, introduced by Beckhoff Automation in 2018, as an addition to the EtherCAT standard.
Time-sensitive networking (TSN) allows for increased automation and connectivity on the plant floor through industrial communication applications.
VMek enhances networking hardware for color sorting with pluggable EtherCAT industrial Ethernet input/output (I/O) modules that reduce costs, equipment footprint and time to market.
There are many ways industrial communications are supporting and simplifying the digital migration process.
As industry starts to engage in digital transformation programs, engineers tasked with managing this change are running into several challenges.