Industrial networks in transition - a short explanation
The network as the key to Industry 4.0
– Between digitalisation, data security and productivity
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Planned implementation instead of complicated temporary solutions
- Data volume in individual plant networks is constantly increasing
Machines and plants are becoming increasingly complex and have more sensors / data sources. Despite the additional data volume (network load ↗), prioritised process data must still be transported loss-free and in real time.
- Exchange of process data across plants (plant networking)
If several systems are operated in parallel, they often have to exchange comprehensive process data. In addition to smooth data exchange, these data connections must guarantee all requirements for network performance and security.
- Network communication becomes more versatile and far-reaching
In addition to pure process communication (e.g. only PROFINET), modern industrial networks must be able to handle various communication protocols and applications. Besides prioritised process data, additional data from connected network cameras, user panels, etc. are transported. This is where classically unplanned networks quickly reach their limits.