Recent developments in automation represent a new breed of industrial networking for automation control. While based on an existing successful platform, it deploys a number of new technologies to achieve an elusive goal: Network determinism in a mixed traffic Ethernet environment.
When designing a system – the goal is to optimise the overall system performance. Network determinism is an important component of this effort – but it is not the only factor.
- Ethernet can be deterministic.
- A highly deterministic network need not necessarily be inflexible.
- New technologies are being continually incorporated into the Ethernet environment to make it even better suited to the industrial environment.
Remote I/O network determinism
By D Doggert and MJ Palomino, Schneider Electric
Electricity+Control, September 2012 (pgs 4 – 6)