Comms/networks

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A new video explains key benefits of using a fieldbus

(19/01/2021)
A video explains one of the most dramatic evolutions in the industrial automation Industry – The transition from 4-20 mA to digital fieldbuses. Learn about both technologies, including examples with PROFIBUS, representing fieldbuses.
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Can wireless solutions solve real industry problems?

(11/01/2021)
Brett Binnekade discusses the use and benefits of wireless technology in the automation industry. 
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Reducing cabinet clutter

(16/11/2020)
Stephen Hayes explains how food processing operations can be more easily reconfigured by adopting automation without cabinets, resulting in machines that can be transported and moved around quickly and easily.


Archive

  1. 10/11/2020 Safety services on a standard network

    Communication networks have changed the look of today’s automation systems by distributing processing, sensors and actuators to where they are required. The ODVA says that CIP Safety provides the same benefits to safety systems. 

  2. 02/11/2020 Communication technologies: supporting digitalisation

    Dr Peter Wenzel comments on industrial technology trends and the impact they are having on industrial communication solutions.

  3. 28/09/2020 Connecting industrial applications to a private 5G network

    Control Engineering Europe finds out more about an industrial 5G router for private networks, by speaking to Frank Hakemeyer, director of communication interfaces at Phoenix Contact Electronics.

  4. 22/09/2020 Empowering innovative business models with a standardised IIoT ecosystem

    Glenn Schulz, managing director at the FDT Group, explains how and why the FDT standard is helping to support the digital transformation for manufacturers.

  5. 08/09/2020 Connecting industrial applications to a private 5G network

    Control Engineering Europe finds out more about an industrial 5G router for private networks, by speaking to Frank Hakemeyer, director of communication interfaces at Phoenix Contact Electronics.

  6. 25/08/2020 Is 5G ready for deployment in the real world?

    Brendan O’Dowd comments on the rise of 5G mobile technology, as the industry gets set to test its ‘six 9s’ capability.

  7. 14/07/2020 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.

  8. 01/06/2020 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.

  9. 27/05/2020 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 08/09/2019 Making digitalisation work!

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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?