Ethernet: What’s new and what’s next?

Protocol organizations report progress toward proficiency in process control applications.

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Many industrial networks solutions built on IEEE 802.x Ethernet  standards are available to vendors and end users. Even as vanilla Ethernet evolves with the support of organizations such as the Ethernet Alliance, many Ethernet-based standards—or more accurately, Ethernet-based industrial networking protocols—have emerged. They help developers use commercial IT economies of scale, and future-proof networks as Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) redefine smart manufacturing across industry lines. Industrial Ethernet solutions serve diverse needs, and speeds, which typically range from 10 Mbit/s (megabits per second) to 1 gigabit per second…

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Ask the experts: Level switch safety; level for flow

Are piezoelectric switches really safe in hazardous areas? How can we use a level gauge to set a flow alarm?

Q: Are piezoelectric switches really safe in hazardous areas? I understand that in the vibrating, tuning fork-type level switch, a piezoelectric crystal is generating an oscillating frequency. We have a Class A product stored in a tank, which requires a Zone 0 installation, and I need a level…

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    By Bob Sperber

    Many industrial networks solutions built on IEEE 802.x Ethernet  standards are available to vendors and end users. Even as vanilla Ethernet evolves with the support of organizations such as the Ethernet Alliance, many Ethernet-based standards—or more accurately, Ethernet-based industrial…

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    Imagine it’s 2022: XYZ Process Automation announced today at Hannover Messe the launch of a full complement of process control instrumentation based on wireless power transfer. XYZ spokesman Kurt Schindler said, “This is the dawn of a new age in process control. Although wireless transmitters…

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