Hilscher North America, Inc.

Lisle, Illinois 60532


About Hilscher North America, Inc.

Hilscher solutions solve your industrial communication challenges, from designing automation protocols into devices and machines with our chips and embedded products, to gateways that interconnect different plant-floor networks for improved data flow.
250 worldwide

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Global specialist in network connectivity and IoT solutions for industrial automation applications


2525 Cabot Drive
Suite 200
Lisle, Illinois 60532

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Scalable. Flexible. Connect Anywhere. Industrial Communications from Device to Cloud.

Hilscher is a global specialist in network connectivity solutions for device makers, OEMs, system integrators, and end-user manufacturers. Founded in 1986 and with locations worldwide, Hilscher’s communications products span single-chip ASICS, embedded modules, PC cards, gateways, proxies, protocol converters, and IIoT solutions.

At the heart of every product is Hilscher’s own netX network controller ASIC. netX is a game-changer because it allows “best-in-class” network choice for any application. The netX-based solutions support industrial communications protocols, including Fieldbuses (DeviceNet, Modbus, CC-Link, PROFIBUS, and more); Real-Time Ethernets (EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, PROFINET, Modbus TCP, CC-Link IE, POWERLINK, Sercos and TSN) and IIoT protocols (OPC UA and MQTT), with universal Master and/or Slave connections.

For device makers and OEMs, netX chips and embedded solutions allow any industrial communications protocols to be designed into your products with built-in security, using one chip family and a common set of software tools. This helps “future-proof” your designs while minimizing costs and development time.

The network pain for end-users and system integrators is how to interconnect all the different automation networks found across their manufacturing facilities. Hilscher’s netX-based products for these challenges include gateways, proxies, PC cards, and supporting software stacks that make it easy to connect one network to another for improved dataflow.

Hilscher’s netFIELD portfolio is a platform for simplifying IIoT deployment. It includes sensorEDGE devices and gateways; netFIELD Edge Gateways; netFIELD Cloud, with a Software-as-a-Service Platform and Portal; and netFIELD Applications to configure and connect to automation protocols and commercial clouds.

Hilscher also offers extensive engineering services to develop custom solutions tailored to your exact specifications. Contact Hilscher for more information on how we can support your application.

Products & Press Releases


EtherCAT Tap Software

Feb. 14, 2024
The EtherCAT Tap software application for Hilscher’s netX-based hardware provides IloT integration for new and legacy machinery. The NetField App EtherCAT Tap enables manufacturer...
Phil Marshall, CEO, Hilscher North America

How Industrial IoT Can Build Next-Gen Automation Systems

Aug. 16, 2019
A look at how IoT technologies are addressing automation system demands, including the need for real-time communications; cybersecurity compliance; and use of Time-Sensitive Networking...
The four layers of the OI4 platform.

Open Industry 4.0 Alliance

May 2, 2019
Announced at Hannover Messe 2019, the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance is a group designed for technology suppliers and end users of all sizes to collaborate around an open framework...
No longer targeted solely for education and experimentation, the Raspberry Pi platform is increasingly being promoted for direct industrial use.

Is Raspberry Pi Ready for Industry?

March 26, 2019
No longer targeted solely for education and experimentation, the Raspberry Pi platform is increasingly being promoted for direct industrial use.
Promoting their cooperation around OPC UA at the field level are (l-r): Takayuki Tsuzuki, general manager, FA Systems Div., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Rainer Brehm, vice president of automation products and systems, Siemens; Paul Brooks, business development manager, IOT, Rockwell; Stefan Hoppe, president & executive director, OPC Foundation.

2019: The Year of the Industrial Network Protocol

Nov. 28, 2018
The OPC Foundation, CC-Link Partner Association and ODVA have all made announcements about major moves planned for 2019, indicating serious movement toward greater device and ...
Phil Marshall, Hilscher North America

Using IIoT for Predictive Maintenance Is Nearer Than You Think

Nov. 2, 2018
Once considered a technology out of reach for many industrial companies, predictive maintenance is coming to the mainstream thanks to next-generation chips that allow for easy...
Value of Automation Panel

The Value Proposition of IIoT, Industry 4.0

June 16, 2018
Industrial Internet of Things, collaborative robots, digital twins and more aren’t just new ways of trying to get you to loosen your purse strings. They bring with them the promise...
Phil Marshall, Hilscher North America

3 Must-Have Features for Automation Networks

May 9, 2018
With all the technology advances occurring today, there’s no shortage of advice out there when it comes to the capabilities your automation networks will need. As a network technology...
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Why Cybersecurity Must Be Built In, Not Bolted On

Nov. 22, 2017
‘Secure by design’ needs to become the core approach for all industrial companies to avoid cyber chaos in the not too distant future.
The familiar automation pyramid is changing to an automation pillar to better reflect the changing locations of control systems and the ability to share data at all levels rather than sequentially from one layer to the next.

Automation Networks: From Pyramid to Pillar

Nov. 2, 2017
As automation technologies advance with cloud and edge computing, system and device location on the network can, in some cases, become optional. Critical to this development will...

Articles & News

Don Pearson, vice president of sales and marketing at Inductive Automation.

How the Ignition Partner Ecosystem Helps Deliver Digital Transformation

Sept. 23, 2021
Advantech, Bedrock Automation, Cognex, Hilscher, Opto 22, and Stratus Technologies—among others—demonstrate how their products work with Inductive Automation’s Ignition platform...
The Robex Staxx palletizer is offered on the Flexx Machine-as-a-Service program.

Paying for Performance

Sept. 11, 2020
The new automation model focuses on services that reduce a manufacturer’s financial risks by shifting the responsibility of asset acquisition on to the OEM or technology supplier...
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Wireless Goes Mission Critical

Feb. 5, 2020
Startup company CoreTigo brings wireless products to end users and technology suppliers and delivers IO-Link Wireless capabilities to legacy systems and new devices.
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Top Articles of 2019: Open Source Computing

Dec. 26, 2019
Coverage of Hilscher’s industrialized Raspberry Pi platform is one of Automation World’s top 5 articles of the year.
Phil Marshall, CEO, Hilscher North America

What’s Next for Next-Gen Automation? Cloud Technologies

Nov. 1, 2019
How Hilscher’s embedded chip solutions and edge devices are changing the game in terms of how data is collected, managed, and shared with other devices for improved operations...
In the PI booth at Hannover Messe 2019, devices from multiple vendors were shown to explain such capabilities as controller-to-controller links and mapping in PLCs and edge gateways using OPC UA and Profinet.

Profinet Safety, Security, and TSN Announcements

April 11, 2019
At Hannover Messe 2019, Profibus & Profinet International highlighted its ongoing work with the OPC Foundation around TSN, OPC UA’s use of ProfiSafe, and a new white paper designed...

Interoperability Demands Drive Networking Technology Developments

May 9, 2018
A look at some of the advances being made in networking infrastructure, communication standards, wiring and more to provide for easier interoperability.
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Embedded Automation Program for IIoT Expands

Feb. 14, 2018
Inductive Automation’s Ignition Onboard program, wherein the company’s Ignition software is embedded in partner hardware, expands to include 10 companies.
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Bridging the IT and OT Divide

Oct. 10, 2017
Fewer than 10 percent of companies have combined their IT and OT departments, according to a recent Automation World survey. But with integrated tools and common protocols coming...
Inductive Automation's Travis Cox announced Ignition Onboard and Ignition Edge Onboard at the Ignition Community Conference 2017.

MQTT: A Tool for IT Avoidance?

Sept. 21, 2017
With Inductive Automation’s forthcoming release of embedded Ignition and Ignition Edge, which will initially be offered on Opto 22 and Hilscher devices, users can collect data...

Videos & Resources

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Real-Time Remote Connectivity

Dec. 5, 2014
Hilscher's Armin Beck showcases the company's netHOST remote real-time Ethernet and fieldbus master that can be used over standard LAN networks. He also explains Hilscher's netSCADA...
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The Automation Conference 2013: Hilscher

May 28, 2013
Hilscher Showcases Embedded and Gateway Communication Devices | Based on the netX controller family of chips, Hilscher’s industrial communication devices include gateways, protocol...


Phil Marshall


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Phil Marshall, CEO, Hilscher North America

A New Generation Takes Aim at IoT

Aug. 22, 2017
With the Raspberry Pi generating new levels of experimentation in plants and enterprises worldwide, we could be on the verge of a new innovative cycle in industry.
Phil Marshall CEO, Hilscher North America

Real-World Challenges Lead the Way

May 10, 2017
Taking stock of industry’s progress toward the Internet of Things reveals significant actions taking place in key areas, though we remain years away from full-blown applications...
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Why Collaboration Is the Key to IIoT

March 29, 2017
Increasing partnerships between automation technology and information technology suppliers is fast-tracking development of products and services to ease the adoption of Internet...
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A New Era, a New Lexicon, a New Challenge

Nov. 23, 2016
Getting a handle on all the changes the Industrial Internet of Things is bringing to industry.
Steve Hechtman, president and CEO of Inductive Automation

The Next-Generation IIoT Infrastructure

Sept. 23, 2016
Inductive Automation rolled out a new version of its HMI/SCADA system that leverages a partnership with Cirrus Link to bring a new approach of decoupling devices from applications...
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Is Node-RED the Quick Path to IIoT?

Sept. 20, 2016
If you’re looking to connect your plant floor devices to the cloud for Industrial Internet of Things applications, here’s why you should add Node-RED to your list of technologies...
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Of Co-opetition and Disruption

Aug. 9, 2016
Thoughts on how the competitive cooperation and disruptive technology landscape of the consumer Internet of Things could play out in the industrial sectors.
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The Sensor to Cloud Connection

June 9, 2016
A new partnership between SAP and Hilscher highlights the push for enterprise applications to leverage increasing levels of plant floor data for Internet of Things initiatives...
Phil Marshall, CEO, Hilscher North America

Will Artificial Intelligence Give Us the Edge?

May 12, 2016
Current applications and research indicate that thinking machines will play a significant role in automation technologies sooner rather than later.