Factory networks take a big step forward at SPS 2018

29th October 2018
Posted By : Anna Flockett
Factory networks take a big step forward at SPS 2018

As part of the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), a group of technology companies will be announcing a significant step toward the future of open industrial Ethernet at SPS IPC Drives 2018. Prominent members of the CLPA including Analog Devices, Balluff, CKD, FESTO, Hilscher, Hirschmann, HMS, Mitsubishi Electric, Molex, Renesas and Security Matters will together be announcing a significant new Ethernet technology that the group predicts will fundamentally change the landscape for Industrial Ethernet.

Already offering the open network technology with the highest bandwidth at 1Gbps, the CLPA will take another significant step forward with the new developments being outlined at the event.

John Browett, General Manager of the CLPA in Europe, commented: “The realisation and implementation of Industry 4.0 principles is happening faster than many people have predicted. The IIoT and ‘smart factories’ now have many real-world applications, and these trends rely on efficient high-bandwidth networking solutions. The amount of data generated by these manufacturing processes is expected to undergo an ‘explosion’ of exponential growth. Hence networks that address this trend towards ‘big data’ are essential. Moreover, these networks need to be connected seamlessly to company IT systems and the internet.

“A high bandwidth, open network technology such as gigabit Ethernet CC-Link IE has provided a significant tool to help end users and system integrators move forward, but our latest development involves fulfilling further aims expressed by many of our partners and the market in general. It is safe to say that we are anticipating a positive reaction to the announcement about the future of open industrial Ethernet at SPS IPC Drives 2018.”

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