Voices: Dan Hebert

Deterministic variants of Ethernet allows real-time machine control

One application using a variant of Ethernet to provide determinism is the deployment of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) by Fori Automation.

By Dan Hebert, PE, contributing editor
Jun 24, 2016

Ethernet has taken over industrial automation communications in many areas, but its lack of determinism has limited use in many real-time control applications. Suppliers are addressing this issue by modifying Ethernet to add determinism, and a new Ethernet time-sensitive networking (TSN) standard is also being developed to deal with this problem.

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