Essentials of Industrial Ethernet
Ethernet just celebrated its 30th birthday. In 1983, IEEE published the 802.3 standard as a draft and, ever since, Ethernet has come to dominate the commercial and consumer world. Every home PC comes with an Ethernet port, and virtually all communications are done via Ethernet—except in the industrial world.
In this latest installment of Control's Essentials series, the editors tackle the basics of Industrial Ethernet--what it is that makes the world's leading networking technology increasingly suitable for use in plant-floor applications. We review the many protocol "flavors" of Industrial Ethernet that have evolved over the years to overcome limitations of standard Ethernet. Also discussed is the need for industrial hardening of network components such as switches, cordsets and remote I/O modules.