Industrial Ethernet

Connecting the Industry 4.0 Ecosystem

Electricity played a pivotal role in the second Industrial Revolution, enabling more efficient production systems and mass production of many durable goods like home appliances and automobiles from the late 1800s to early 1900s. The integration of electronics and information technology (IT) into manufacturing enterprises at the onset of the third Industrial Revolution helped propel factory automation to new heights and significantly improved manufacturing productivity and quality. As the world becomes increasingly connected and more advanced networking technologies are being future proofed for industrial applications, manufacturers worldwide are embracing the next wave of digital industrialization, commonly known as the Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0 is the embodiment of next generation manufacturing that incorporates a variety of disruptive technologies such as:

  • Machine Learning
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Autonomous Robotics
  • Augmented Reality
  • Cloud Computing
  • Big Data

These technologies are expected to revolutionize the way machines are connected to deliver higher operational efficiency and achieve unprecedented levels of scalability and mass customization. To achieve these goals for Industry 4.0, there needs to be a universal network technology that works across a vast number of devices and locations. From a broad range of communication technologies used in industrial applications, Ethernet has become the de-facto technology of choice to connect and tie most things (if not all things digital) together in manufacturing environments. Key benefits of Ethernet for Industry 4.0 include:

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