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IO-Link: making the automation environment smarter

Industrial environments are generating more data than ever. Whether for production volume, downtime or serial numbers, this information can offer insight into processes and productivity, as Svenja Litz and Kate Zimmerman explain.
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Staying in the loop!

You just received one of the new technology HART communicators that use your smart phone. You connect the modem to your HART instrument, launch the App and… nothing happens… ‘error connecting to device’. What’s going on? ProComSol offers some advice.
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HART: Evolution in action

Wally Pratt, director of HART technology at FieldComm Group, brings us up to date with developments of the HART Communication Protocol.


  1. 19/05/2020 Making the IIoT real

    With SPE technology advancing rapidly Control Engineering Europe finds out what this could mean for the adoption of Ethernet technology at field level.

  2. 19/05/2020 Bridging the gap with HART

    Taking critical plant floor data from smart HART field devices and sharing it with higher level control and information systems no longer has to be difficult or expensive according to Tina Todd.

  3. 11/05/2020 Expand your already reliable networks with ease

    Using four applications, Moxa takes a closer look at the challenges faced when expanding edge networks and recommends strategies that may help reduce the hassles of configuration and maintenance.

  4. 30/03/2020 Is 5G going to be better than previous generations?

    Eckard Eberle gives his thoughts on how future industrial wireless networks might look.

  5. 02/12/2019 Moving asset management to the Cloud

    The FDT integration standard is about to transition into an information exchange platform which will enable cloud-based asset monitoring for field devices. This will reduce maintenance costs, improve asset reliability and provide useful information to personnel in a timely manner, says Suriya Selvaraj.

  6. 22/11/2019 Get smart but stay safe

    Find out more about CIP Security – an enhancement to EtherNet/IP technology to address cybersecurity – which allows devices to defend themselves using industry-standard, widely adopted technology.

  7. 22/11/2019 Focusing in on bus technology

    The communication network is the single most important technological component of a machine or plant control system. Martin Rostan offers some food for thought about how the fieldbus choice is made.

  8. 20/10/2019 TSN in automation

    Volker E. Goller discusses time-sensitive networking – He looks at why it is being developed and what advantages it will offer for industrial communications.

  9. 08/09/2019 Making digitalisation work!

    Suzanne Gill finds out how industrial communications are supporting and simplifying the digital migration process.

  10. 25/06/2019 Everything you ever wanted to know about Modbus

    After 30 years Modbus is still one of the most popular industrial networks, despite its simplicity. This could just be the reason for its popularity: just bits and bytes, understood by every programmer. But getting a new network to work is not always simple. Rob Hulsebos aims to make all things Modbus a bit clearer.

  11. 13/05/2019 Meeting standards for the next generation

    Uwe Widmann asks whether single-pair Ethernet (SPE) technology herald a breakthrough for Ethernet right down to sensor connection at field level? And does single-pair Ethernet have what it takes to supplant conventional field bus systems?

  12. 15/04/2019 The importance of standardisation

    Peter Wenzel, executive director of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International, Germany, highlights the importance of standardisation for data communication technologies.

  13. 09/04/2019 Getting FITS for a secure future

    Industrial security is a complicated, multifaceted challenge that cannot be solved by simply purchasing the latest technology. Instead, managing the security of industrial control systems and networks requires improving processes, tools and ultimately balancing risk, says Glenn Schulz.

  14. 18/03/2019 Taking a deep dive into gigabit Ethernet

    It is becoming apparent that the reluctance to move beyond 100Mbit Ethernet technology is a very real limiting factor for Industry 4.0 adoption. John Browett, general manager at CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) Europe, argues that the transition to gigabit Ethernet networking technologies has to start now.

  15. 18/02/2019 Next generation gateway solutions optimised for the IIoT

    Manufacturers are now gearing up to ride the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) wave. Although the progress has been slow, manufacturers at different stages of their IIoT transformation are already beginning to experience the benefits of digitisation, says Matthew Lee, product manager at Moxa.

  16. 07/01/2019 Opening up networks for the future

    John Browett explains why open industrial networks are fundamental components of a smart factory.

  17. 25/11/2018 A unified solution for enterprise-wide data exchange

    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.

  18. 19/11/2018 TSN: tomorrow’s information superhighway?

    Markus Weinländer provides examples of cloud-based quality control to demonstrate the possibilities of Time Sensitive Networking (TSN).

  19. 23/10/2018 Wireless network considerations

    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.

  20. 10/09/2018 Ethernet moves a bit closer to the field

    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.