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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.
Think Again: Time sensitive networking helps advance communications in seven ways; digital transformation enables process industries in five ways.
Industrial internet can help operations and production be intelligent, high-efficiency, and flexible. Industrial network cybersecurity can help protect the industrial control system (ICS). Tools are available to enhance interoperability of real-time data transmission.
The industrial Ethernet market is set to grow from its current market value of more than $20 billion to over $72 billion by 2024 according to a research report by Global Market Insights.
The IIoT for Engineers 2018 Enterprise Resources Planning, IIoT and the Cloud Study unveiled several key findings regarding usage of ERP, IIoT, and the Cloud. This includes connections to process control, HMIs, SCADA, data historians, alarm management, and data acquisition systems.