Summer 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.


  • The industrial network forecast
    Ian Verhappen goes out on a limb and bravely predicts where industrial network solutions are going, along with the hurdles that need to be overcome to make these visions a reality.
  • A hub is not a router is not a switch
    This back-to-basics piece from Mark Lamendola shows how network performance relies heavily on a thorough knowledge of the capabilities and functional differences between hubs, routers, and switches.
  • OPC: Not as bad as it seems
    Urban legends and rumors aside, OPC is becoming much easier to use. But experts suggest that, before you buy an OPC product, due diligence is in order. Always remember to try it before you buy it.
  • Tune out the network noise
    Editor in Chief Joe Feeley brushes aside the propaganda volley surrounding today’s networking environment as just another front in industrial automation’s version of the Hundred Years War.
  • Networking that floats all boats
    The swell of interest in Ethernet and wireless is raising the level of activity for other fieldbuses and networks, and driving cooperation among networking and bus standards groups in industrial automation.
  • Wireless system aids smelter process
    Wireless transmitters allow Eramet Marietta to install a cooling monitoring system at its large manganese ferro alloys smelter facility on the Ohio River at a fraction of the cost of a hard-wired equivalent.
  • Open doesn't always mean interoperable
    With columnist Ian Verhappen moving on to other pursuits, we decided to rerun his first contribution to Industrial Networking magazine, which was a guest column in the Spring 2003 issue. It’s still pretty good advice.
  • Web Poll results on embedding wireless in machines


  • Networking that floats all boats

    Our Summer 2006 edition features a review of the key networking standards in place that affect your ability to operate an industrial network, along with how they might influence next-generation systems.