What is (Industrial) Ethernet?
What are Ethernet/IP, ProfiNet and EtherCAT?
Which products are Ethernet-compatible?
What is Profibus?
What is GSDML?
Where can I find the GSDML file?
Which products have GSDML files?
What is ESI?
Where can I find the ESI file?
Which products have ESI files?
What is an EDS?
Where can I find the EDS file?
Which products have EDS files?
Industrial Ethernet describes a series of protocols based on Ethernet as a communication medium. Unlike "office Ethernet", Industrial Ethernet systems such as ProfiNet, EtherCAT and Ethernet/IP are designed for high real-time performance and robustness in order to satisfy the demands of industrial production.
Industrial Ethernet permits integrated communication at all levels, from sensors and actuators through superordinated controllers (PLCs) and beyond to the control level. An intelligent field device can transmit data about its status, energy consumption, and the process via this interface. At the same time, parameters of the controller may be modified and then transferred to the product.
In contrast to field devices equipped with IO-Link, Industrial Ethernet devices can communicate directly with the plant control system and do not require any intermediary IO-Link master. This permits even simpler cabling of the system.