The use of robotic automation is an effective way of dealing with dull, dirty and dangerous tasks. However, to facilitate optimal operation between equipment such as an industrial robot and a machine tool, it may be necessary to use a specific communication interface. From connectivity alternatives to communication protocols, there is a lot to consider when it comes to networking options.
Industrial Network Defined
When seeking to understand a deeper approach to robotic automation, it can be beneficial to understand the ins and outs of an industrial communication network. A special type of data network created to handle real-time control and data integrity, it is an ideal way to connect instruments and devices within a manufacturing plant, especially for harsh or large factory environments.
From device integration and communication, to complete system control and diagnostic data delivery, industrial networks can help maintain application functionality for greater efficiency and accuracy. From AS-Interface and CC-Link to Modbus/TCP, EtherNet/IP and more, a variety of network options are available to suit production requirements.
Industrial Ethernet Configuration
Growing steadily in use, easy-to-use industrial Ethernet now represents 64% of the global industrial network market share for new installed nodes1. The utilization of an industrial network like this eases integration, and it increases safety due to the reduction of robot control wiring required.
Harnessing the Power of EtherNet/IP
To learn how EtherNet/IP installation can impact your new or current robotic application, listen to our networking communication webinar with our in-house process expert, Ken Irwin. Get answers to the following questions and more!
- What makes up an industrial network?
- What type of industrial network is widely used in my region?
- What are the key benefits of using EtherNet/IP?
- What are the two main device types used?
- What EtherNet/IP communication settings and modes should be used?
- When can “explicit messaging” be used?
- What can be done to troubleshoot common communication errors?
- What safety options are available for your industrial network?
1 HMS Connecting Devices, Industrial Network Market Shares 2020
Sarah Mellish is a Marketing Content Specialist