Designing a Reliable Industrial Ethernet Network


Most of the major manufacturing automation end users and suppliers are using or considering Ethernet as an industrial control option for field devices, drives, power management equipment and special purpose controllers. Engineers and others who design Ethernet networks for these applications must follow correct installation procedures and must select network equipment that will function in plant environments with little or no downtime. This white paper explores network configuration issues and shows how to design a reliable industrial Ethernet network for manufacturing applications.