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Many system integrators and OEMs – even the most experienced – lack the knowledge required to engineer a holistic Ethernet architecture on the plant floor.

The reason is simple: most system integrators haven’t needed deep industrial Ethernet expertise. Despite the fact that unmodified Ethernet technology is the standard for the networking world, it has only recently been pervasive on the plant floor. Unmodified Ethernet is not new to the plant floor for information transfer but now is critical to control, motion, energy, and even safety applications.

Manufacturers and industrial organizations that aren’t already standardizing on Ethernet are at least considering the switch from isolated legacy systems. As a result, integrators and OEMs are seeing industrial Ethernet as the way of the future, fueled by the Internet of Things (IoT) and the benefits of interconnectivity between operation and information technology.