Throughout the decade, EtherNet/IP has continued to dominate the manufacturing industry as complementary technologies arise. More than ever, manufacturers are able to deploy industrial Ethernet diversely, improving capabilities throughout the plant floors. Yet, while Ethernet is picking up momentum across the industry, some safety-focused process engineers are slower to adopt the latest technologies.
Part of the hesitation comes from hurdles throughout the year like the interoperability gap between various suppliers' equipment. However, micro-processing chips and other technologies are leading the way Ethernet implementation.
In this article from Control, Jim Montague explains how Ethernet’s ability to simplify networks – saving cable, hardware, labor and maintenance and remote access – leading more engineers to shy away from archaic processes. Read more to learn about the ways to bring Ethernet into process automation and control applications and how to implement those processes safely and securely.