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Ethernet in Harsh Environments
Ethernet has steadily migrated from the office environment onto the factory floor for automation and industrial control, in industries as wide ranging as food processing, mining, and automotive and heavy-equipment manufacturing. While there are many similarities between corporate and industrial Ethernet networks, there are also crucial differences. The standards corporate Ethernet cannot simply be 'teleported' into an industrial environment and succeed. This article discusses the unique issues that can arise when you deploy Ethernet in an industrial environment and how to avoid production downtime caused by these issues.
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