Networks & Communications

First Look: MOXA SDS-3000 Smart Industrial Ethernet Switches

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We take a first look at the SDS-3000 line of Industrial Ethernet Smart Switches from MOXA in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 19 Show Notes: Special thanks to MOXA...

What's New With PI (Profinet, Profibus, IOLink, …) (P76)

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I sit down with Michael Bowne of PI North America to learn about what's new and happening with Profinet Profibus International, including updates on PI working with OPC UA, IOLink, and Omlox in episode...

Community Q & A: S7-1200 to Third Party Device over Profinet

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In this edition of "Community Q & A," one of our readers sent in a question about how to go about using a third party product on Profinet with an S7-1200. Note: To see a...

Cybersecurity and Remote Connectivity with Phoenix Contact (P75)

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I sit down with Mariam Coladonato of Phoenix Contact to learn about Cybersecurity and the mGuard line of remote connectivity products in episode 75 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show...

Phoenix Contact WLAN Products (P73)

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In this episode of The Automation Podcast, I sit down with Justin Shade of Phoenix Contact to learn about their Industrial Wireless Networking products. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the...

Community Q & A: Data Highway Plus Timeouts

In this edition of "Community Q & A" (formerly "Insight's Inbox",) I discuss with one of our community members at automation.locals.com what might be causing one of his Data Highway Plus devices to keep...

Introduction to EtherCAT (P72)

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In this episode of The Automation Podcast, I sit down with Nathan Eisel of SMC to get a detailed introduction to EtherCAT. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the...

Honeywell Fault Tolerant Ethernet and Control Firewall

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After a previous article about Honeywell Experion Controllers with PMIO, I received some feedback in regards to how Experion controllers connect to a process control network (PCN). I wanted to provide a short overview in...

Tech Tip: How To Setup & Use Moxa's Remote Connection (MRC) Gateways

Learn how to use Moxa's Remote Connection Gateways and Client Software in this episode of Automation Tech Tips. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  Automation Tech Tips Episode 1 Show...

First Look: MOXA Ethernet Switch, EDS-2005-EL

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We take a first look at the EDS-2005-EL Ethernet Switch from MOXA in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 7 Show Notes: Special thanks to Moxa for sending us a...

Telnet or SSH?

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Does it Matter whether I use Telnet or SSH? When we begin a career in industrial automation, we basically just dive in right where we have the opportunity. That can mean we start with the...

Remote Connectivity Devices

If you were a control system technician twenty or more years ago, you have likely spent hours with a laptop in front of a piece of machinery troubleshooting and correcting issues as they were...

Ethernet Radios in Control Systems

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In some industrial control system applications, logistics can become a difficult aspect of planning and implementing a control system without having to install expensive fiberoptic infrastructure. Take for instance, you have a need to monitor...

Using Fiberoptic cabling for Ethernet Networks

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If you are working with Ethernet networks in your facility, whether IT or OT networks, chances are that all the network equipment is not located in the same room or even building. Systems that need...

What is PRP?

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Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) is a standard defined in IEC 62439-3 and is adopted in the ODVA, Inc. EtherNet /IP specification, and is used to create network redundancy by allowing PRP enabled devices to...

Switch Settings for Remote Connections and Maintenance using the Command Line Interface (CLI)

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In this continuation of getting familiar with the CLI (Command Line Interface) of your Cisco or Stratix switch, we will go beyond getting connected and look at some important features for remote connection and...

How To Setup an IFM IOLink Master with Logix

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In this article I'll walk you through how to set up the communications of an IO-Link master with an Allen Bradley CompactLogix PLC. The first thing that needs to be done is to setup up...

Cisco & Stratix Switch Configuration using the Command Line Interface (CLI)

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In this continuation of getting familiar with the CLI (Command Line Interface) of your Cisco or Stratix switch, we will go beyond getting connected and look at additional features that will need to be...

Cisco & Stratix Switch Setup using the Command Line Interface (CLI)

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In this continuation of getting familiar with the CLI (Command Line Interface) of your Cisco or Stratix switch, we will go beyond getting connected and look at basic setup features that will need to...

Cisco & Stratix Command Line Interface Basics

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“Everything must be connected”. That is pretty much the philosophy in the manufacturing environment because every sensor, every data point needs to be captured, monitored and utilized for decision making. There is no such excuse...