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How does I/O termination affect protocol choice?

Can I move from field-device wire to enclosure terminal strip?

By Mike Bacidore, chief editor
May 15, 2019

A Control Design reader writes: We manufacture OEM and custom machines—discrete manufacturing—and are looking for ways to reduce integration time and overall cost. Specifically, we're looking at I/O termination methods. We want to move away from wire or cable from the field device to the enclosure terminal strip. We are looking to reduce the large bundles of wire and terminating our I/O at the edge, but technology and reliability concerns are part of the discussion. There are many network, protocol and hardware choices, so what are our options, and how can we be more efficient with I/O termination?

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