Now available at a reduced cost, the EIMC family is a line of true Ethernet media converters, converting signals between copper and fiber without any Ethernet frame store-and-forward.
The EDS-408A/405A series of entry-level industrial managed Ethernet switches includes both 8-port models and 5-port models.
Discussions of wireless technologies in manufacturing sometimes take on a religious fervor among adversaries, leaving engineers scratching their collective heads. But indicators of resolution are positive.
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Industrial fieldbus networks are being used to deliver critical diagnostic information to help plants run more efficiently while improving asset management
Users like different flavors of the technology.Retrofitting an old gantry requires a lot more than simply replacing the manual, pull-along crane with a robot—especially when the plan is for people and a high-speed robot to share the 100-foot long workspace in front of a bank of machines. Just ask Steve Dickerson, chief technology officer at CAMotion Inc., an Altanta-based systems integrator. “You have to do a very fast, repeated scan to make sure that none of the safety conditions have been violated,” he says. Fast and reliable communications are a must.
The industrial automation environment holds the potential for installation of wireless products throughout a factory or plant to yield vast arrays of information that can improve operations and profitability. Already widely deployed in commercial and business applications, industrial wireless adoption has been stalled, purportedly because process control users are slow to change and are paranoid about security. The real reasons for slow introduction are a combination of old-paradigm thinking, compounded by paralysis analysis through standards committees.
The largest single barrier to the wider deployment of wireless devices at the sensor level is that they have no standard network layer protocol. This is not just a typical emerging market issue that can be remedied by a few new standards.
Companies increasingly relate to customers through the Web—from first contact to product delivery and beyond. Today’s well-executed customer relationship management (CRM) demands this connectivity to foster new client relationships and preserve existing ones.
You don’t want to ask your control engineers to double as IT experts, but forward-looking companies are asking them to take a greater role in network management.
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