Industrial Ethernet is trending to be the principal infrastructure choice for mission-critical
industrial automation and control applications. Industrial Ethernet is built on the same
standards-based networking platform as enterprise Ethernet, which has long reigned as the
universal network solution.
Industrial Ethernet connects the office with the plant floor by utilizing a single cabling platform
with Ethernet connectivity and IP addressing. This convergence of open, standards-based
Ethernet communications provides all the advantages of secure, seamless interoperability among
manufacturing enterprise networks — from corporate offices to the shop floor — and enables
Internet and enterprise connectivity, anytime and anywhere.
In addition to system integration and interoperability, there are a host of other benefits to be
gained from implementing a complete, end-to-end Ethernet solution — from cabling and
connectivity, to active components and associated hardware.
Key business benefits include lower overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and higher return on
investment (ROI) resulting from real-time visibility and flexibility, reduced network maintenance
and administration costs and labor, and greater physical and virtual network security.
Operational benefits at both the plant and enterprise levels include:
• Faster and less costly plant upgrades, expansions and changeouts
• Access to real time data to improve overall plant operations
• Faster installation, remote troubleshooting and corrective action capabilities
• Real time inventory visibility
• Collaborative reviews of production data and virtual support groups
• Increased production capacity
• Shop floor system integration with ERP for scheduling, planning, quality tracking
and delivery information
Network Infrastructure Risks in Extreme Environments
Industrial communications and control networks are expected to operate consistently and
reliably under extreme conditions, such as electromagnetic interference (EMI), high operating