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Comms/networks

A unified solution for enterprise-wide data exchange (25/11/2018)
Article image Industrial organisations are now able to bring systems, applications and devices together in a unified architecture to exchange information throughout the enterprise thanks to the integration of FDT and OPC UA standards.
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TSN: tomorrow’s information superhighway? (19/11/2018)
Article image Markus Weinländer provides examples of cloud-based quality control to demonstrate the possibilities of Time Sensitive Networking (TSN).
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Wireless network considerations (23/10/2018)
Article image Ross Yu explains the importance of data reliability and network security in IIoT applications, examines real-life case studies, and discusses key considerations when selecting an IIoT wireless solution.
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Ethernet moves a bit closer to the field 10/09/2018
The latest developments to the Advanced Physical Layer project to enable Ethernet to the Field were reported at ACHEMA by three leading standards-based organisations for suppliers of process automation. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

Toyota sees the benefits of increased data transparency 09/07/2018
Toyota upgraded its communication networks to an open, gigabit Ethernet technology to help it increase the availability of its production lines and improve the transparency of data. Full Story...

FDI: Opening up the integration process 25/06/2018
Find out more about how Field Device Integration (FDI) technology looks set to provide automation stakeholders with a better user experience and an open, future-proofed standard for integration of field devices with process and enterprise systems. Full Story...

FDT standard gains mobility 04/06/2018
Control Engineering Europe reports on the latest developments from the FDT Group, which is advancing its open standard for enterprise-wide network and asset integration. Full Story...

Finding the perfect wireless frequency 02/04/2018
Scott Keller, founder and CEO at SignalFire Wireless Telemetry, offers some advice on determining the best wireless frequency for remote monitoring and control systems. Full Story...

Setting AGVs free 26/02/2018
Marco Reichenbächer explains how AGVs can be freed from their traditional guidance system limitations through the use of wireless communication technology. Full Story...

Investing in your plant’s future today 26/02/2018
Suzanne Gill reports on the issues surrounding industrial digitalisation, and finds out why it is vital to put in the groundwork now to ensure a smarter factory in the future. Full Story...

Overcoming interoperability issues in smart factories 16/02/2018
A whitepaper written by Edward Lin, product manager at Moxa, discusses challenges faced by systems integrators today with OT-to-OT, OT-to-IT, and OT-to-IIoT interoperability. It also looks at the solutions available to ensure non-stop connectivity throughout converged networks. Control Engineering Europe reports. Full Story...

Understanding the requirements of industrial Ethernet cables 06/11/2017
Ethernet plays a major role in today’s automation systems to pass data through the system at high rates. The digital performance of a network is subject to the active devices within it, such as the switches and controllers. However, it is the passive devices such as cable and connectors which can ultimately determine the performance of a network. Full Story...

Speeding up Modbus/TCP 24/09/2017
Rob Hulsebos argues that Modbus/TCP users should think carefully before migrating to a more modern, Ethernet-based protocol, purely to increase speed. Full Story...

HART holds its own in the race to Industry 4.0 04/09/2017
Suzanne Gill finds out what role the now ubiquitous HART protocol might have to play in factories and processing plants of the future, as more enterprises look to reap the benefits promised by Industry 4.0. Full Story...

An integrated network for the IIoT era 21/08/2017
Haruyuki Otani discusses the current IT system trends in manufacturing industry and explains how CC-Link IE can help alleviate issues at the field level. Full Story...

Welcome to the future of Industrial Ethernet diagnostics 10/07/2017
Reducing downtime and increasing productivity is an important topic for all engineers today. To help system users prevent issues occurring in their network, PROCENTEC has introduced Atlas as its solution to Industrial Ethernet diagnostics. Full Story...

Moving to a wireless remote monitoring system 09/07/2017
Scott Keller offers advice on what needs to be considered when moving from a wired remote monitoring solution to a wireless one. Full Story...

Cost-effectively bringing Ethernet to the edge 30/05/2017
Control Engineering Europe reports on how the Ethernet interface can be reduced in size, power, and cost to allow it to be incorporated into edge devices such as sensors and actuators.  Full Story...

An enabler for smart operations 19/05/2017
The FDT Group is currently working on the development of an FDT IIoT server to empower the intelligent enterprise and simplify the ecosystem exchange. Control Engineering Europe finds out more. Full Story...

Field Device Integration – built to last 02/05/2017
Control Engineering Europe gets up to date on the latest developments for FDI, which aims to harmonise EDDL device integration languages. Full Story...

Will OPC-UA negate the need for multiple gateways? 28/03/2017
Factory operators who need to integrate machines from different suppliers often still face the dilemma that those machines cannot communicate naturally with each other. Therefore the integration – both of a new plant, or integrating new machines into existing infrastructures – is still a challenge. Full Story...

OPC UA: Industry 4.0 glue? 13/03/2017
OPC-UA technologies are developing fast! Suzanne Gill caught up with some automation vendors to find out more about their latest OPC-UA technology developments. Full Story...

Communication cooperation continues apace 30/01/2017
Suzanne Gill reports on the latest networking and communication protocol developments. Full Story...



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