The Future of Industrial Ethernet Connectivity
To realize the goals of Industry 4.0, highly connected, intelligent and flexible manufacturing, new industrial connectivity solutions are required that enable higher data bandwidth and deliver a converged network between the IT and OT. With the increased deployment of robots and cobots in new smart factories, significantly more data is being generated and distributed along with real time control commands. This is creating the need for enhanced Gigabit real-time Ethernet communications with Time Sensitive Networking capability. As the process industry embraces Industry 4.0, sensors/actuators require Ethernet connectivity on single twisted pair cabling up to a distance 1km (new IEEE standard 802.3cg-2019 / 10BASE-T1L) in intrinsically safe, Zone 0 applications. This presentation discusses the challenges and solutions of new Ethernet technologies for tomorrow’s Industrial communications systems.