March 2008

Special Report: Instruments and Networks

Using Industrial Ethernet for process automation

Two standards organizations provide this capability

Henning, C., PROFIBUS Trade Organization

Industrial Ethernet is emerging as a popular choice for automating factories. But what about Industrial Ethernet for automating process applications? The fit there seems more tenuous. Only two of the Industrial Ethernets have targeted process automation: The Fieldbus Foundation (FF) with HSE and PROFIBUS and PROFINET International (PI) with PROFINET. The former is a definite-purpose process network designed to extend the distances between FF's H1 serial networks while the latter is a general-purpose Industrial Ethernet that covers process and discrete aspects of automation including integration of PROFIBUS. PROFIBUS started in the 1980s as a discrete network protocol. It was extended to in

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