Spring 2006 Issue


Industrial Networking magazine is all about the design and implementation of networked systems in industrial environments. From wirless Ethernet to process buses to device networks, Industrial Networking examines how OEMs, discrete manufacturers, and process plants can begin to take full advantage of networked system architectures in their manufacturing environments.


  • Routers and switches get serious about security

    With Ethernet on its way to becoming a dominant industrial network, new switches and routers are being developed with not only a traditional focus on environmental hardening, but also security-enablement.

  • Use your own head

    Executive Editor Jim Montague implores us to think and act like a reporter, don’t trust opinions (including mine and yours), remember to take all stories with a grain of salt, and of course, don't despair.

  • Network training, tips, and techniques

    The Spring 2006 edition of Industrial Networking looks at the key elements of a well-planned network training program, without which the prospect of building a dependable data network is just an illusion.

  • OPC as the network glue

    Industrial Networking columnist, Ian Verhappen, addresses open process connectivity (OPC) and how you can use different flavors of it depending on the application and system requirements.

  • Wire, cable, and connectors are crucial

    As the use of wire and connectors increases with added networking functions and interoperability-–and decreases, as networks simplify-–cabling has become forever crucial in industrial networking applications.

  • Meat packers print and network via Ethernet

    Not content with merely adding printing functions to one machine, a bag dispenser builder sought to organize its printing and dispensing by combining up to four printer/roll units using EtherNet/IP.

  • Get going with Gigabit

    Synchronous protocols based on IEEE1588 deliver workable determinism, but are they necessary given faster Ethernets now available? Paula Doyle, Doctoral researcher, explains their significance.


  • Heads up: NIST developing SCADA guide; seeks feedback

    NIST is seeking subject matter experts (SMEs) to actively review and provide feedback on the content and organization of the "Guide to Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Industrial Control System Security," scheduled for public release in June 2006.