A new report from TechNavio points out the principal business issues driving increased adoption of Ethernet across industry, how much it is expected to grow over the next four years, and who the dominant suppliers are.
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Advanced Integration Technology combines motion control, servo drive platforms, failsafe CPUs, distributed I/O, and Ethernet networks to design a fully automated positioning and joining system for the Boeing 787.
The largest control network built in one phase in the Middle East is for the Qatalum aluminum smelter plant. Managing the more than 1,000 network nodes required a centralized network management system capable of ensuring that no single point of failure could interrupt communications.
Shop floor-to-top floor connectivity and wireless enablement often get most of the attention in discussions about industrial Ethernet. At a recent Profinet panel discussion, the core manufacturing operation and commissioning issues related to diagnostics took center stage.