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Wireless LAN Within Plantwide Industrial Ethernet Architecture

You cannot attend a Rockwell Automation event and escape an industrial Ethernet discussion. This year’s Automation Fair was no exception. I met with Sr. VP and CTO Sujeet Chand and a host of Cisco people for a half-hour to discuss networking technology and the health of the Cisco/Rockwell partnership (it’s healthy, by the way). This […]

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Improved Industrial Network Security

  Probably the number one response to any discussion of connected enterprise, Internet of Things, and networking at the conference I attended last week security. We are connecting all these devices, therefore we need to know we are doing all we can to assure industrial network security. Here are some new products from Belden said […]

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Did Internet of Things Begin With Manufacturing

In my last newsletter (you can sign up on the right sidebar for my special content newsletter), I discussed the many press releases issued during the past few weeks on the Internet of Things (IoT) for industry. Maryanne Steidinger, director product marketing operations for Schneider Electric software, posited in a blog post that control and […]

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GE Software CMO John Magee

GE Forms Internet of Things Partnerships

Watch for continued developments in the Internet of Things and “Industrial Internet” and “Connected Enterprise” space. Things are really heating up—as far as press releases are concerned, anyway. I think the actual benefits from implementations will begin to accelerate, too. Here is a release from GE. GE announced an expanded working relationship with Intel and […]

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20 Years of Profibus Industrial Networking in North America

This week’s edition of the PI North Americs (formerly PTO) annual general meeting in Phoenix celebrates 20 years of Profibus/Profinet/Profisafe industrial networking in North America. Chairman and Executive Director Mike Bryant began the session–the largest gathering so far–recounting the people and experiences that contributed to the growth of the organization and the technology over the […]

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A Tale of Two Manufacturing Industry Events

A Tale of Two Manufacturing Conferences Reaching customers and prospects with a company’s message and involving them in educational and networking events evidently is becoming more difficult. Manufacturing technology trade shows—the staples of the 80s and 90s—are just about extinct. Some still exist, albeit in quite smaller form factors and with different twists. Some vertical […]

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New Platform For Linking Manufacturing and Internet of Things

I talked yesterday with Guido Jouret, general manager of Internet of Things Business Group, at Cisco about a new product/platform that combines networking and computation bringing new capabilities to the support of the Internet of Things. “Cisco is very excited to accelerate innovation in the Internet of Things by delivering IOx, which provides the ability […]

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The Manufacturing Connection

Automation Perspectives of Rockwell Automation

This is day two of my journey into Rockwell Automation land. I attended parts of the Process Solutions User Group (PSUG) yesterday and had many valuable hallway conversations. Rockwell presents an annual media day on the day before Automation Fair—the huge trade show devoted to Rockwell and its partners. Rockwell executive intend this meeting to […]

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The Manufacturing Connection

Rockwell Expands Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure

Rockwell Automation has long based its product strategy on “standard, unmodified Ethernet.” This means the company eschews custom silicon with “proprietary” protocols. Everything is based upon common Ethernet TCP/UDP/IP physical layer and protocol stack. It has, through ODVA, developed the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) which forms the foundation of EtherNet/IP. Sticking with this strategy meant […]

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