technology for networking
Gateways, switches, networks, standards such as Ethernet Ethercat, OPC UA or IO-Link and much more for digital transformation
technology for networking
Gateways, switches, networks, standards such as Ethernet Ethercat, OPC UA or IO-Link and much more for digital transformation
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Without networking the individual elements of a value chain there would be no Industry 4.0. Operating data, measurement data, diagnostics, predictive maintenance, the Internet of Things. Lots for them Digital transformation The necessary data not only has to be transported, but also analyzed and processed in order to make the further process more efficient, safer, cheaper and faster. Here you can find out everything you need to know about it communication technology and network technology.
Below we present the latest trends in communication with fieldbus technology, Industrial Ethernet, Ethercat, OPC UA, IO-Link etc. as well as the Internet of Things with interfaces, switches, gateways, network solutions etc. from companies such as Indus-Sol, Pepperl + Fuchs, Schmersal, Turck or EKS angel. With these innovations you make your company fit for the future.
6G is already more than thought, and through the use of 5G and other advanced cellular technologies, industrial companies can achieve real-time communication. This leads to increased efficiency and productivity. New standards are being developed to simplify proprietary solutions. Find out about the new developments:
No Industry 5 without communication via the 4.0G network, or is the 4G network still sufficient? 5G allows at least peak data rates up to over 10 Gbit/s, latency times under 1 ms, availability of over 99,999% and is also extremely energy-efficient. As a verified partner of Ericsson, HMS Industrial Networks offers the necessary hardware for factory automation.
While some are still in the LTE or 4G network and the 5G mobile network is already mastering its introduction with flying colors, the 6G network is already casting its shadows to around 2030. We present new developments for the forthcoming mobile communications standard such as the lighthouse project 6G-ANNA or the world's first bidirectional radio link with internet connection from the University of Stuttgart.
Learn how Ethernet APL revolutionized industrial communication in the process industry! With fast and reliable data transmission in hazardous areas, the new Ethernet standard communication solution sets innovative standards. Discover the advantages of Ethernet APL, new products and its possible applications in the Process technology.
So far, the radio technologies for tracking and positioning often only work on their own. Now, with Omlox, all data for localization should be in one uniform coordinate system are displayed. Omlox can be used immediately worldwide use. The supporting industrial partners include companies from Europe, Asia and the USA. The aim of the initiators is to make it easier for industrial customers to use software and hardware from different manufacturers.
Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) forms the basis for the infrastructure that Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or Industry 4.0 makes possible. SPE cables can be installed in a space- and cost-saving manner. They offer the possibility of direct communication from the cloud down to the field level. Data is transmitted at a speed of up to 1 Gbit/s with just one pair of wires. Below you will find a lot of interesting facts and news about the new standard interface.
Industrial network technology enables the networking of machines and systems in production to increase efficiency and automation. Advanced communication technologies and network technology enable companies to collect, analyze and optimize data in real time.
The Wireless division of steute Technologies has the Wireless Network Solution nexy for Automation developed by manufacturing and assembly processes. Mobile machines and systems in production communicate directly with the company's IT network via Nexy. In this article we present new developments relating to this wireless network.
On the path to Industry 4.0, communication technology and the components designed for it play a key role. The multitude of incompatible networks can to a common denominator to be brought. In order for data to be exchanged here, gateways are required. They connect the networks in all layers (OSI model) and translate the communication protocols. Here we present Gateway innovations for your factory of the future.
Efficient and transparent processes are essential in modern production. Possibilities for optimization offer here identification systems such as RFID and barcodes. In combination with the proven Kanban method, for example, they unfold their full potential. In this article, we use industrial Applicationshow RFID-supported systems and barcode technology make production more efficient, present new products and convey a little basic knowledge.
The network routers plays a crucial role in communication between devices within a network and with the outside world. It enables a connection between computers or networks located in different locations and based on different network technologies. Modern network routers today support the 5G mobile radio standard, Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi 6, remote maintenance or the Smart Home Integration. Here's the news.
In a world that is increasingly dependent on connectivity, reliable and efficient network technology is of great importance. One of the main players in this are network switches. In this article we present you the latest developments in the world of Ethernet switches, which allow for a high-performance and reliable industrial data communication set up.
With the advent of fieldbuses in automation, not only did the structure of automation systems become easier, they also became more complicated due to the proprietary solutions. Here we report on new products, maintenance and applications and how new open standards are replacing the singular variants.
Industry 4.0 is primarily based on communication between all the components involved, from the temperature sensor to the process plant. The fieldbus connects them all with the IT world. There are around 50 different fieldbuses, including Profibus, Canopen, Devicenet and many more make network technology very diverse. Here we report on new products, maintenance and applications of conventional fieldbuses.
Industrial Ethernet is increasingly establishing itself as an extension of standard Ethernet in Industry 4.0 environments. While fieldbus adoption is declining, the market for Profinet, Ethernet/IP, Ethercat and all other industrial networks. IIoT applications are increasing and demanding more performance. You can find out here how Industrial Ethernet is developing further.
If it's up to the makers of the OPC UA Standards are supposed to be proprietary network protocols soon be a thing of the past. OPC UA and TSN are intended to solve the proprietary protocol problem. More and more manufacturers of communication technology are already offering products with a manufacturer-independent OPC UA connection. Here you can find out what the current status of future technology is and which new products are coming onto the market.
Numerous manufacturers have established themselves in the field of communication technology in Germany. These companies cover a wide range of products and services, from classic network technology to modern communication systems for Industry 4.0. We present some to you here.
EKS angel has specialized in industrial network technology and data communication with a focus on fiber optics (LW). The portfolio includes complete LAN solutions, media converters, switches, I/O converters, bypass systems, splice boxes and splice panels.
The Ethernet media converters of the e light series from EKS Engel are suitable for almost all industrial applications indoors and outdoors. Compact and robust, they can also be used in the extended temperature range and offer adapted input voltage ranges. All fiber types are supported, including POF, multimode and singlemode with fiber-saving Bidi technology and HCS (PCF). You can find the new developments with just one click.
EKS Engel has the e-light especially for industrial use Ethernet Switch and Media converter series developed. This allows you to design your industrial network technology to be efficient, compact and future-oriented. You can find out here which new products are available in the product family and what advantages they offer.
EKS angel presents the new TSN Analyzer (Time-Sensitive Networking) for industrial automation. The robust diagnostic device was developed in particular for project planning, commissioning, maintenance and continuous monitoring of TSN networks. It is a simple alternative to expensive laboratory equipment.
MinebeaMitsumi offers high-frequency solutions that ensure smooth data communication for navigation and entertainment, especially in the vehicle sector. The range also includes innovative antennas tailored to customer requirements.
Interoperability is crucial for the development of smart cities. Paradox Engineering, member of Minebea Mitsumi Group, has dealt intensively with the question of why cities today should rely on openness and say goodbye to proprietary data formats and technologies. The solution is this Open source mesh network. Paradox and Minebea are working on this together with the UCIFI.
No matter in which area, be it in industry, consumer electronics, smart cities or smart homes, am term IoT you can't get past it for a long time. The use of the term has become inflationary. But what are we talking about anyway? Minebea Mitsumi leads through the jungle of terminology of the Internet of Things.
Pepperl + Fuchs offers a powerful and intelligent range of components for the Engineering in factory and process automation, including AS-Interface system components, industrial Ethernet devices, IO-Link sensors, masters and interfaces as well as Ethernet IO modules.
Sophisticated design and multi-protocol capability: That's what the gateways from Pepperl+Fuchs offer. With the most modern operating concept, you are prepared for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Here we present the innovations of the Mannheim automation specialist, including the new one AS-Interface Gateway to integrate Sensors and actors in the communication networks.
Pepperl+Fuchs is a specialist in RFID and optical identificationsystems that are used in industrial production and logistics. This opens up comprehensive tracking and tracing options for the user. Material flows can be controlled and precise processes ensure on-time delivery and optimal inventory management. We present new developments and application examples.
Pepperl+Fuchs offers a diverse and high-performing IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) portfolio with software and integration know-how. This allows the products to be digitally connected to the cloud throughout. This year, the company took the initiative Manufacturing X presented. Read here what this is all about, how it is received in the process industry and what else is happening in the field of industrial IoT.
Schmersal primarily offers safety-related products for automation, machine safety and occupational safety. The safe field box for Profisafe / Profinet systems is one of them.
The safe field box from Schmersal is suitable for up to eight plug-and-play installations of switching devices for the machine safety. These can be control panels, sensors, tumblers, Light grids and light curtains, which themselves may come from third-party suppliers. Here we present the innovations: The manufacturer will present one of them at the SPS trade fair. This simplified Safety Fieldbox saves considerable wiring effort.
Turck occupies a leading position in factory, process and logistics automation in various industries worldwide. The family business drives digital networking forward and offers communication technology for the implementation of Industry 4.0 and suitability for the Industrial Internet of Things.
In its fieldbus technology portfolio, Turck offers IO modules and IO systems for industrial automation in the Ex and non-Ex area as well as bus components and bus systems for process automation. For the network technology the company has unmanaged and managed switches and couplers in protection class IP20 and IP67 in its range. See the new developments here.
With the firmware update FW 1.6.0, Turck has improved its Ethernet gateways GEN-3G and GEN-N of the IO system Excom their IIoT capabilities. This simplifies the maintenance and commissioning of the gateway. The HCiR (Hot Configuration in Run) now also allows device replacement as well as expansion and maintenance in hazardous areas and high-availability applications during operation.
Robots with changing tools or rotary tactical tables place high demands on electrical connection technology. Wearing contacts and connectors require short maintenance intervals. Machine downtime must also be avoided. Turck offers inductive data transmission with couplers Alternative to classic connection technology: The NIC couplers are wear-free compared to slip rings or mechanically heavily stressed connectors.
RFID technology makes a major contribution in industry by tracking goods, materials and production equipment in industrial production through the entire process chain or making access more secure. This contactless transmission large amounts of data over large distances can also be effortlessly connected to higher-level systems SPS connectable to ERP. The automation specialist Turck has the necessary technology a whole range of RFID solutions in their luggage.
Automation and thus communication technology has found its way into many sectors, but the degree of automation varies greatly between the individual sectors: While the degree of automation in the construction sector is comparatively low, the Automotive industry due to the large quantities, the complex assembly processes and the high price pressure, as the following examples show
Until 2022 there were an estimated 5,3 billion internet users worldwide. The proportion of internet users in Germany also rose again in 2022 and is now at 93 percent. Ten years earlier, the share was 76,5 percent. The coverage with 5G by at least one network operator was around 2022% of the area in Germany in October 79. It was 53% compared to when data collection began in October 2021. Forecasts assume that by 2023 more than 35 billion networked devices (things) will be in use at the edge of the IoT worldwide. By 2025, the number is expected to increase to 42 billion.
Industrial communication and network technology is subject to constant and ever accelerating change, which is characterized by technological innovations and changing market needs. Here are some of the current main trends in this area:
The Communication technology deals with the transmission, reception and processing of information over various distances. The main components are the transmitter, which generates the information and converts it into a format suitable for transmission, the transmission medium through which the information is sent, e.g. B via cable or wireless and the receiver, which receives the transmitted information and converts it back into a usable format.
Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is the foundational set of protocols that power the Internet and many private networks. It defines how data packets or data blocks are exchanged between network devices such as computers, routers and switches. TCP is responsible for dividing data into smaller packets, which are then sent over the Internet with as few errors as possible. IP takes care of addressing and forwarding the packets so that they reach the right destination. Each device on the network has a unique IP address, similar to a postal address, which ensures data is delivered to the right place. Together, TCP and IP form a standard for communication in networks and form the basis network protocol for a large number of others.