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Build a deterministic industrial Ethernet system

Posted: 12 Apr 2011  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:factory network  automation systems  fieldbus 

Enhanced network connectivity mechanisms, developed through the cooperation of related standards groups, have given Ethernet (802.3) the robust qualities required to operate effectively in operational and safety-critical environments.

As a result, manufacturing environments and building automation systems are rapidly adopting Ethernet in compliment with, or as a replacement for, the various fieldbus technologies traditionally used in these environments.

In a typical building or factory network, there may be a number of network domains, each with varying degrees of timing and safety constraints. These may range from the management and operation environments, where standard IT equipment is utilized over Ethernet, to industrial Ethernet-based and fieldbus networks operating in manufacturing or safety critical environments.

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