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Ethernet

Factory automation and process control tag-naming matters for consistency, understanding, and troubleshooting. Courtesy: Frank Lamb, Automation Consulting, Automation Primer
Discrete Manufacturing November 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, October 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in October 2019 included stories about the Engineers' Choice finalists, PLC naming conventions, digital engineering practices, RPC and model-based control, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
This example network architecture incorporates standard EtherCAT, EtherCAT G and EtherCAT G10 for faster communication and greater data throughput. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Ethernet October 28, 2019

Ethernet group accepts addition to standard

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.

By EtherCAT Technology Group
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Ethernet October 25, 2019

Time-sensitive networking benefits for manufacturing applications

Time-sensitive networking (TSN) allows for increased automation and connectivity on the plant floor through industrial communication applications.

By Volker E. Goller
The compact Beckhoff Automation EtherCAT EJ boards reduce footprint on VMek hardware. Standard LED lights, which can be seen through a window on the Metrix and Element machines, provide EtherCAT diagnostic information for operators. VMek sorting machines include the Metrix Analytic Lab Color Sorter and Element Analytic Production Color Sorter. Courtesy: Kevin Blackburn
I/O Systems, I/O Modules October 11, 2019

High-speed vision sorting technology records rapid improvement with industrial Ethernet

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.

By James Figy
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Other Networks September 22, 2019

Simplifying digital migration

There are many ways industrial communications are supporting and simplifying the digital migration process.

By Suzanne Gill
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Other Networks September 20, 2019

Addressing digital migration challenges

As industry starts to engage in digital transformation programs, engineers tasked with managing this change are running into several challenges.

By Suzanne Gill
Integrated safety can extend beyond I/O terminals and implement safety logic directly in servo drives and other components in the field. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Machine Safety July 2, 2019

Converging safety, non-safety systems increases scalability, flexibility

Integrating safety systems into a machine’s standard control platform simplifies operations, increases diagnostic capabilities and creates safer work environments for engineers and end users.

By Sree Swarna Gutta
Figure 1. Bypass and configured packages include a replaceable variable frequency drive. Courtesy: Yaskawa
Motors, Drives June 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, May 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in May 2019 included stories about VFDs, safe human-robot interaction, sustainable cybersecurity, object-oriented programming, the Career and Salary Survey, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
The user is provided a view of the system that allows for the configuration of the I/O and control devices as well as for the layout of the topology and the infrastructure devices. Courtesy: Avnu Alliance
Ethernet May 10, 2019

Time-sensitive networking benefits for industrial systems

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.

By Anil Kumar, Denzil Roberts, Ph.D., Steve Zuponcic
When any topology is possible, it’s easier to place devices and wiring where needed, maximizing efficiency from the start of network implementation. Courtesy: PI North America
Ethernet May 9, 2019

Industrial Ethernet considerations and advice

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.

By Michael Bowne