Contributing Editor Terry Costlow tackles the issue by interviewing integrators and experts in the field to discover how Ethernet I/O is working, and what you should watch for. He also explores some other networks that complement Ethernet for certain specific applications. We’ve also uncovered some additional applications that show the growing momentum of Ethernet technologies at the control level.
The information featured in this month’s publication will be expanded into a Webcast on June 14 with a stellar lineup of speakers. This will also be an excellent opportunity for you to ask them the hard questions. You can register for the Webcast at www.automationworld.com/webcasts.
4 Ethernet Takes Over
A combination of lower cost, driven by use of commercially available chips for Ethernet, and new standards such as the IEC 61588 synchronization standard for motion networks, is propelling Industrial Ethernet firmly into the control input/output area.
11 Ethernet Keeps the Water Running
The Waterford Township Water Department keeps the water supply up-to-date and flowing with the help of Ethernet connected programmable automation controllers.
14 A Quest for the Best Roast
An upgrade to an Ethernet-based control system enables Diedrich Manufacturing customers to get price and accurate control over their coffee roasting process.
18 Ethernet Products