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Industrial Ethernet Guide - Introduction to Fieldbus Systems

The following is part of  A Comprehensible Guide to Industrial Ethernet by Wilfried Voss.Note: One of the fundamental advantages of Industrial Ethernet, besides its vast speed, lies in the fact that it owns all the beneficial features of a standard Fieldbus system and then a bit more. Admittedly, it shares these advantages with a significant number [...]

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Industrial Ethernet Guide - World Market For Industrial Ethernet

The following is part of  A Comprehensible Guide to Industrial Ethernet by Wilfried Voss.A report, "The World Market for Industrial Ethernet," by the independent UK-based research organization, IMS Research (now part of HIS Inc.), contained data about the total quantity of installed Ethernet nodes.The analyses were divided into regions, product groups, and industries. According to the study, EtherNet/IP had the [...]

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Industrial Ethernet Guide - The Costs of Industrial Ethernet

The following is part of  A Comprehensible Guide to Industrial Ethernet by Wilfried Voss.“You can’t go to your local computer store and buy an Ethernet router for your machine.” – Advice found at a technology forumThe lowering costs of Ethernet hardware have made Ethernet an increasingly attractive option for industrial networking applications. However, while the costs for [...]

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Industrial Ethernet Guide - The Ethernet Technology Plant Of The Future

The following is part of  A Comprehensible Guide to Industrial Ethernet by Wilfried Voss.Besides its definite technological advantages for automation and control tasks, Industrial Ethernet offers new perspectives for the manufacturing process that were not possible with other, established industrial networking technologies. For the longest time, access to existing production information was gated by disparate, proprietary, and closed systems.In general, the increased [...]

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Industrial Ethernet Guide - The Motivation For Industrial Ethernet

The following is part of  A Comprehensible Guide to Industrial Ethernet by Wilfried Voss.The primary motivation for using Industrial Ethernet technologies can be described with only one word: Speed.The Ethernet TCP/IP communication according to IEEE 802.3 supports 100 Mbit/sec over distances of 100 meters (~300 feet) between two devices (100BaseTx) or up to 2,000 meters (~6,000 feet), respectively (100BaseFx). No [...]

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Industrial Ethernet Guide - Selecting The "Right" Ethernet Technology

The following is part of  A Comprehensible Guide to Industrial Ethernet by Wilfried Voss."I daresay that your best bet is to talk to a vendor that you are used to dealing with and that you trust. Having support when implementing a network is more important than which network you pick.” – Advice found at a technology forumSelecting the “right” [...]

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Industrial Ethernet Guide - The Challenges for Industrial Ethernet

The following is part of  A Comprehensible Guide to Industrial Ethernet by Wilfried Voss.While Ethernet TCP/IP is a well-established and well-known networking technology, Industrial Ethernet, for various reasons, is still widely regarded as an unknown entity. This statement may appear contradictory to the fact that most of the available protocols already exist for several years (e.g., Modbus/TCP was introduced in 1999), [...]

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A Comprehensible Guide to Industrial Ethernet - Introduction

The following is part of  A Comprehensible Guide to Industrial Ethernet by Wilfried Voss. Note: The term “Industrial Ethernet” needs further clarification as it may be interpreted as mere “Industrial-Strength” Ethernet. This book uses the term in reference to “Real-Time Industrial Ethernet” (For many engineers in the automation industry, “Industrial-Strength” is not possible without “Real-Time”). The simple and effective design of the standard [...]

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MODBUS TCP SERVER To PROFIBUS PA Master Gateway

Softing Industrial recently released version 1.20 of its Modbus to PROFIBUS gateways, supplementing redundancy for demanding process control applications and providing XML import for integration into the Schneider Electric engineering systems.Softing's Modbus to PROFIBUS Gateways mbGate PA, mbGate PB, and mbGate DP allow the immediate integration of PROFIBUS PA and DP sections into existing Modbus/TCP systems. The gateways [...]

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SAE J1939 Standards Collection - Serial Control And Communications Vehicle Network

The following is an excerpt from  A Comprehensible Guide To J1939 by Wilfried Voss. The J1939 Standards Collection was designed to follow the ISO/OSI 7-Layer Reference Model as far as necessary. Each layer is addressed by a corresponding document. The SAE has named documents addressing the transport (4), session (5), and presentation (6) layer in the ISO/OSI 7-Layer [...]

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