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Design for rugged IoT applications using industrial Ethernet-based power and data networks

31 March 2023

Connecting manufacturing facilities to the internet results in efficiency, quality and productivity gains. While the case is strong for connectivity, how that connectivity is accomplished requires serious consideration. There are many options, but Ethernet provides an accessible and proven solution for the factory network.

The cabling can be used to carry power (Power over Ethernet, or PoE) as well as data, which means one set of wiring can both support the network and energise connected sensors, actuators and other devices, such as cameras

However, standard Ethernet is not up to the industrial job. The hardware is not designed to operate reliably in the hot, dirty, and vibration-prone factory environment. Also, standard Ethernet protocols are non-deterministic and hence ill-suited to the needs of the factory environment. 

Industrial Ethernet brings all the benefits of standard Ethernet, but adds ruggedisation and deterministic software to the mix. 

Read the full article in DPA's April issue

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