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During the fourth industrial revolution, the implementation of automation and network technologies is essential for businesses to remain competitive. Courtesy: CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA)
Ethernet January 25, 2019

Industrial networks open up to the future

Open industrial networks are fundamental components of the Smart Factory and Industrie 4.0 will play a key role in the factory of the future.

By John Wozniak
Figure 1: According to a survey by the Eclipse Foundation, messaging queuing telemetry transport (MQTT) is the most-used messaging protocol for an IoT solution. Courtesy: Eclipse Foundation Inc.
Ethernet January 21, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 14-20

Articles about MQTT's role as an IoT message transport, industrial controller selection, hot Control Engineering topics for 2018, improving industrial network communications, and IIoT software's future were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 14-20. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
OPC Foundation represented discussed the OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) technical roadmap on Sept. 13, part of the Hannover USA conference at IMTS 2018. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media
Ethernet January 13, 2019

Software helps industrial network communications

Industrial network stacks and other industrial connectivity software work to enhance connectivity among devices and systems. OPC UA, MTConnect, EtherNet/IP, and CC-Link are among software that organizations provide. Middleware also provides connectivity between the plant floor and other systems.

By Mark T. Hoske
Figure 2: ETG-diagnosis-interface-2: Both hardware and software diagnostics are available through EtherCAT, including cyclic and acyclic information. The new diagnosis interface software gathers disparate information in one location. Courtesy: EtherCAT Technology Group
Ethernet January 12, 2019

Software unlocks EtherCAT diagnostics

Through a vendor-independent diagnosis interface, an EtherCAT master can provide detailed slave diagnostic information and network health status via human-machine interfaces (HMIs) or third-party tools.

By Robert Trask, PE
A conceptual toolbox provides methods and guidance for the selection of the appropriate network infrastructure in a technical document, the Industrial Internet Networking Framework (IINF), which is under development from the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). Courtesy: IIC
Ethernet January 11, 2019

The significance of industrial networking for the IIoT

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) focuses on the role of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in industrial networking.

By Dr. Michael Hilgner
Hugo Benzing LLC manufactures fasteners for the automobile, aerospace, fine mechanical, and electrical industries and uses Ecoclean’s new remote support capability at the Hugo Benzing manufacturing facility in New Hudson, Mich. The plant uses a Profinet network, allowing Ecoclean technicians to connect remotely to the network and cleaning machines by using a self-contained, secure TosiBox VPN router. Courtesy: PI North America
Ethernet January 9, 2019

Industrial Ethernet enables smarter, more reliable machines

Machine builder uses industrial Ethernet for remote monitoring and diagnostic services to improve machine reliability and uptime.

By Michael Bowne
Courtesy: PI North America
Ethernet January 5, 2019

Improving industrial network communications

Selecting a Profinet interface may enhance industrial network communication for devices.

By Michael Bowne
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). Courtesy: CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA)
Ethernet November 27, 2018

Industrial Ethernet specification with TSN

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).

By CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA)
Partial factory view of Harting manufacturing in Elgin shows space along the back wall for part of the expansion. Outside these walls, a 10-year expansion plan includes land to double manufacturing at the Elgin site. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media
Ethernet November 15, 2018

Four ways to encourage manufacturing expansion

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.

By Mark T. Hoske
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. Courtesy: FDT Group
Ethernet November 10, 2018

IIoT server architecture designed with platform independence, interoperability

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.

By FDT Group