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Communication building blocks for the networked factory

Michael Kessler, Executive Vice President of Components + Technology PA, Pepperl + Fuchs GmbH, Mannheim, on the progress of the physical layer for process automation Ethernet APL.

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pepperl10219Hannover Messe Hall 9, Stand D76

"Ethernet for each field device" promulgated Pepperl + Fuchs on the trade press days in Karlsruhe. At the last Namur Annual General Meeting, this vision was clearly communicated by the users. It points the way to Industrie 4.0 in the field of process automation, as a field device with Ethernet connection enables seamless integration without protocol converter from the cloud to the hazardous area, Zone 0.

insys0119Hannover Messe Hall 8, Stand E07

Insys Icom introduces new Smart Energy Gateways as integrated solutions for Smart Grid and EEG plants. The gateways are used for the safe, cost-efficient monitoring and control of EEG plants or the connection of switchgear in a modern smart grid, eg. Eg via IEC 60870-5-101 / 104.

Steute0119Logimat Hall 5, Stand D45

steute introduces for the first time an automated system solution for optimizing material replenishment processes. The new development digitizes, networks and automates the kanban process. Wireless sensors automatically record the current material requirements and transmit the relevant data without delay to the material management system, where the automated posting takes place in the ERP system.

Switches are no longer just hubs of data communication, but the backbone of the connected industry. But which are the right ones for the individual requirements of one's own Network? It's worth deciding how these smart infrastructure components work. Indu-Sol Using an easily understandable analogy to a logistics center, it shows why stable and reliable communication can only be ensured by using powerful switches.

Festo presented at SPS IPC Drives 2018 how companies can secure enormous productivity advantages by using end-to-end connectivity from the workpiece to the cloud. The stand highlight was the 8 m long demo machine, which made connectivity experience live on 5 different stations.

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