Bridging Industrial Communication
This is how the industrial Ethernet switches rose to the challenge to become one of the bridges that enables this important connection.
An article from Automation World2 is supporting a fact that about half of the connected devices, such as sensors, are on Industrial Ethernet, with the main barrier being cost. Twisted-pair Ethernet cables are perceived to be over the specifications to what most of the sensors require as connections. With the upcoming popularity of the single-pair Ethernet cables, it heightens cost effectiveness and fulfills the customer requirements in the playing field. The push for more instrumentation connectivity continues to be strong.
The strong drive will continue with more end-users embarking on the usage of Industrial Ethernet, for which the switches are already available in the market, and are more than capable to support the connections. Simple to implement and highly scalable, they will make reliable devices and sturdy bridges for many years to come.
If there is sensitive data that is being transmitted within a network, then managed switches are the recommended choice. Network segmentation and security are possible with managed switches; these can limit network access to either other trusted devices, or pre-authorized end-users in an organization.
The ETHERLINE® ACCESS NF04T NAT/Firewall switch may also be incorporated into the solution. While this product has a combined function of a router and a switch, a built-in configurable firewall is present in all the operating modes. This helps it become one of the security barriers to fend off hacker attacks on IT and production facilities.
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