Remember when the PC was introduced back in the early 1980s? Most thought it would never be reliable enough for any type of process automation application. Fast forward 35 years, and it's impossible to find a DCS without PCs at the server level, and many end users are employing industrial PCs as real-time controllers. Ethernet is another commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology that has taken the process automation world by storm after much early skepticism. End users were wary of its lack of determinism, inability to deliver power and high cost. These challenges were met by Ethernet speed increases, Power over Ethernet and ever improving price/performance ratios. And…Full Story
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