Using signaling contact, digital inputs and simple network protocol (SNMP), Scalance X industrial Ethernet switches are designed specifically for high-speed, backbone architectures %%MDASSML%% including process control systems %%MDASSML%% that handle numerous devices with fast redundancy. The switches support 1,000 Mbits per second communication speeds via PROFINET, twisted copper wire or fiber-optic cable. The Scalance X family of switches offers reduced downtime through fast device replacement; lower cost of ownership due to easy configuration with built-in, web-based management tools; fast commissioning; complete diagnostics via LED and PROFINET I/O; and the reliability of standard, redundant, point-to-point connections and power supply the company says.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey