Applying industrial Ethernet
Cover story: Control Engineering, September 2012
Selecting industrial networking protocols, industrial Ethernet included, helps improve production efficiency and quality with enterprise connectivity, although Ethernet of the industrial kind requires specialty knowledge and practices beyond Ethernet for home and office. When installing or operating an industrial Ethernet network, there are five need-to know essentials about cabling, signal quality, ground loops, switches, and traffic.
Case studies provide examples on how industrial Ethernet can be applied. Saugatuck Brewing used industrial Ethernet to help expand beer output fourfold in two years. A newly designed packaging machine from VC999 Packaging Systems uses a Gigabit Ethernet bus network.
For many applications of TCP/IP networking, the 100-meter range limit of copper Ethernet cable becomes a problem. Five methods can extend Ethernet networks, some more than 9 miles.
- Edited by Mark T. Hoske, content manager, Control Engineering, mhoske(at)cfemedia.com.
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Selecting industrial networking protocols, industrial Ethernet included, helps improve production efficiency and quality, with enterprise connectivity. Connectorized networking decreases repair time to minutes from hours.
Ethernet of the industrial kind requires specialty knowledge and practices, unlike Ethernet for home and office. If you are installing or operating an industrial Ethernet network, here are five need-to-know essentials about cabling, signal quality, ground loops, switches, and traffic.
Case study: Saugatuck Brewing expanded beer output fourfold in two years, with help of EtherCAT industrial Ethernet and PC-based controls. See photo gallery.
Case study: Newly designed thermoformer packaging machine with programmable logic controller, servo motors and drives, and I/O modules uses a Gigabit Ethernet bus network.
For many applications of TCP/IP networking, the 100-meter range limit of copper Ethernet cable becomes a problem. With conversion and extension, networks can cover distances that are measured in kilometers.
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