Industrial networks & buses > Fieldbus

EtherCAT: leveraging industrial Ethernet for 20 years

28 August, 2023 by Harry Mulder, Principal Automation Engineer, Beckhoff Automation

EtherCAT is the only industrial fieldbus that leverages Ethernet for both high speed and real-time performance.

The ins and outs of I/O — local, remote and distributed

25 August, 2023

Defining the difference between local and remote I/O is straightforward, but the differences between remote and distributed I/O can be more nuanced.

Turck TBEN-S1-4DXP Ethernet I/O module

10 August, 2023

Turck's TBEN-S1-4DXP Ethernet I/O module is designed for use in applications with a low I/O requirement, such as in many logistics applications.

Turck FOC series fieldbus optocouplers

07 August, 2023

Turck's FOC series optocouplers are designed for transmitting fieldbus communication via fibre-optic cable.

ABB XIO-08, XIO-04 and XIO-0 remote I/O controllers

02 August, 2023

ABB is expanding its XIO series of remote I/O controllers to provide all-in-one devices to monitor, control and manage oil and gas flow applications.

PROFINET and IO-Link numbers continue to increase

09 June, 2023

The PI community is working on further establishing Profibus technology as an enabler for digitalisation in industrial automation applications.

EtherCAT almost at 60 million nodes and exponential growth

21 April, 2023

The EtherCAT Technology Group has recently published node figures for the first time since EtherCAT was introduced 20 years ago.

Pepperl+Fuchs SIL 3 output drivers

01 April, 2023

Pepperl+Fuchs' latest SIL 3 output drivers close the gap in the Pepperl+Fuchs range of SIL 3 components.

Turck IM18-4DI and IMX18-4DI isolating switching amplifiers

02 December, 2022

Packing four signals into an 18 mm module, the IM18-4DI and IMX18-4DI devices offer high channel density.

Beckhoff EL8601-8411 EtherCAT terminal

15 November, 2022

The EL8601-8411 EtherCAT terminal offers up to 12 signal interfaces and nine signal types in a 12 mm form factor.

Festo CPX-AP-I decentralised I/O system

07 October, 2022

The CPX-AP-I decentralised I/O system is designed to allow I/O modules as well as decentralised valve terminals from Festo to be integrated into host systems.

Before investing in new technology, consider its holistic value

06 October, 2022 by Jim Wallace*, National Sales Manager at Balluff and Open IIoT contributor

Truly understanding the value of a project for all stakeholders makes the investment decision easier.

OPCF and FCG to develop a Device Profile for OPC UA Field eXchange

26 August, 2022

The OPC Foundation and FieldComm Group are cooperating to develop an Instrumentation Device Profile that will harmonise OPC UA-based field instruments.

Detecting leaks with IO-Link

01 August, 2022

At Bürkert we are equipping more and more of our products and components with IO-Link capabilities.

Fieldbus associations collaborate on test plan for TSN

25 July, 2022

A single common conformance test plan is to be developed for the IEC/IEEE 60802 TSN Profile for Industrial Automation.

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