Harting Technology has developed prototypes of what it calls Fast Track Switching. Fully compatible with standard ethernet, the Fast Track Switch guarantees deterministic data transmission at the field level. This makes it possible to meet high real-time requirements in automation without changing the standard ethernet.
Ethernet Direct's Husky HWE-800 is a cost-effective, industrially hardened web-managed industrial ethernet switch, specifically designed to operate reliably in electrically harsh, hazardous and demanding environments.
The ORing IES-2050-M12 is a waterproof, light-managed redundant ring ethernet switch featuring five 10/100base-TX ports, and is IP67 rated. The IES-1050-M12 is an IP67 rated, unmanaged ethernet switch with five 10/100base-Tx ports.
The Fieldbus Foundation has announced the release of its latest FOUNDATION fieldbus conformance and interoperability test kits for use by plant automation equipment suppliers.
When Coopers Brewery relocated from Leabrook to Regency Park in 2001, the company took the opportunity to expand its capacity by commissioning an entirely new brew house. International brew house designers Briggs of Burton proposed linking all measuring points with a Profibus communications system, based on its outstanding success in other brew houses worldwide.
In Part 1 of this article we looked generally at the types of innovations that have been used to make use of ethernet in process plants and factory automation. This month we look at some of the most well-known implementations.
The benefits of using well-established ethernet and internet technologies in industrial plants are too great to ignore, but overcoming the requirement for real-time operation has led to some innovative approaches to how this ubiquitous technology can be used in process plants and factory automation.
Yokogawa’s Stardom and Centum VP control systems are among the first to pass the Fieldbus Foundation’s recently developed Host Profile Registration Program.
Belden has introduced a Category 6 DataTuff twisted pair cable to its family of industrial ethernet cables. The 7940A cable is EtherNet/IP compliant and is of round construction, which makes it suitable for sealed industrial ethernet connectivity applications.
The FieldConnex fieldbus high-density power hub offers compact dimensions and needs only limited space inside the switching cabinet. Optimised circuits with low power loss result in cooler thermal conditions, which allow the positioning of the board in any direction. In comparison with the previous model, the available power supply current has increased from 360 to 500 mA per fieldbus segment.