According to recent studies conducted by IMS Research, three of the most pervasive Ethernet-based protocols, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, and Modbus TCP, account for more than 65% of the world’s existing industrial automation deployments, and their collective growth from 2010 to 2015 is expected to exceed 18 million new nodes. As industrial automation networks expand and factory systems converge, integration of various Ethernet-based protocols and bridging of fieldbus systems will be inevitable.
An Ethernet-based single-network infrastructure offers operators the efficiency of centralized network management with greater network scalability, higher bandwidth availability, and faster failure recovery. But in order to optimize these industrial Ethernet capabilities and streamline industrial automation deployment/convergence, system integrators must surmount two considerable challenges:
Three components for PLC network optimization
As device networks expand into larger control networks through fieldbus-to-Ethernet integration, network deployment and management become more complex, and network performance becomes highly critical. To optimize PLC network performance and management, Moxa’s industrial Ethernet switches and fieldbus gateways are designed with a network-centric approach to enhance overall performance, improve deployment and management efficiency, and provide application flexibility.
Performance optimization of industrial automation networks is critical for maximum productivity and reliability. Maintaining high network availability requires speedy recovery of network components, including fast boot-up times and millisecond-level redundancy recovery. Moxa’s switch and gateway solutions can be integrated seamlessly to optimize PLC network performance, such as PI-certified PROFINET switches and PROFIBUS gateways, which are certified for conformance and interoperability.
To optimize deployment efficiency, Moxa’s industrial Ethernet switches are plug-n-play for simple deployment, and the industrial gateways provide effortless configuration innovations, including AutoScan and QuickLink, to enable fieldbus-to-Ethernet integration in a fraction of the time. Automatic detection of PROFIBUS I/O modules and Modbus device settings eliminates the possibility of manual-input errors. In addition, Moxa’s industrial gateways also feature relay alarm settings, event logging, complete device status for troubleshooting, and a powerful utility to analyze and monitor protocols.
Flexibility of switch and gateway devices, such as port density, connector/interface type, IP (ingress protection) rating, and protocol compatibility allows operators to optimize PLC network deployment. Many industrial automation applications are deployed in harsh operating environments and can require wide-temperature operation and industry-specific certifications.
Moxa solutions and professional services
Moxa provides a selection of networking products for optimization of PLC network performance and management, including industrial Ethernet switches and gateways designed specifically for EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, and Modbus TCP applications. With multiple locations for professional support and customization services available, Moxa is the innovative leader in industrial Ethernet solutions for automation networking applications.