Submitted by scechowski on Fri, 05/10/2013 - 08:29
Industrial Ethernet steams powerfully along, but can it be more than you really need? Are there times when simpler, hard-working device-level networks are a better choice? Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert reports his findings in this issue's cover story about how to "Go With What Works."
Submitted by scechowski on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 16:36
We would like to set up all our PLCs and Fanuc Robots onto an Ethernet system, and get rid of the old-fashioned hardwired I/O going between all four PLCs and robots. The question came up asking if we would want managed or unmanaged switches.
Submitted by scechowski on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 14:16
Several of the engineers implementing device-level networks and Ethernet in our machines want more machine-to-machine communication capabilities to supposedly help our customers. Some of our managers are concerned that M2M traffic could quickly grow beyond our customers’ ability to monitor and control it, and so M2M might actually hinder machine...
Submitted by scechowski on Tue, 11/20/2012 - 10:14
They say no man is an island, but how about your machine? In this month's Control Design cover story, Executive Editor Jim Montague shows how machine builders are bridging those islands of automation with more capable software, improved network protocols, Ethernet, robots and other devices.
Submitted by scechowski on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 16:59
We recently had a member of our LinkedIn group ask other followers a question about assigning IP addresses to remote Ethernet I/O modules. The comment generated some great discussion by other members, who provided helpful suggestions.