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Industrial Ethernet in Manufacturing Automation

Supplier: Paqworks by Madison Technologies
03 December, 2007

Moxa provides Industrial Ethernet solutions for Machinery networks, steel refineries, mining sites, petrochemical and semiconductor manufacturing.

Industrial networks have brought numerous benefits to a variety of manufacturing automation environments for many decades. Traditional proprietary networks have made automated applications a reality, but at a high cost. Modern manufacturing automation applications need new solutions to eliminate the high cost and proprietary protocols that make integration and future upgrades difficult. Ethernet has become the primary communication infrastructure, since it is easy to integrate existing devices and protocols into manufacturing automation applications by using serial device servers.

Ethernet provides a reliable and open network infrastructure that allows the various systems used with today's manufacturing automation applications to communicate effectively, resulting in a highly synchronized operation. For large-scale or outdoor manufacturing sites, long distance transmission requirements between communication points can be easily met. One option available is to integrate optical fiber into the Ethernet network. Moxa offers complete product lines—including versatile industrial Ethernet switches, wireless Ethernet, Ethernet to fiber media converters, and industrial video servers—that are ideal for setting up diverse manufacturing automation applications, such as for machine building, mining, metal refinery, petrochemical plants, and semiconductors, by equipping the systems with a reliable and efficient network