Networks & Communications

Rockwell Remote Access (P107)

Oliver Haya presents Remote Access Solutions from Rockwell Automation on Episode 107 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast:  Listen via Apple, Google, Pandora, Spotify,...

Remote Access Gateways from Prosoft Technology (P103)

Vic Parangelo introduces us to Prosoft Remote Access Gateways and Prosoft Connect in Episode 103 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast:  Listen via Apple,...

First Look: MOXA NAT-102

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I take a first look at the NAT-102 Industrial Network Address Translation Device from MOXA today on The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 29 Show Notes: Special thanks to MOXA for sending in...

AS-i Field Bus (P83)

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My guest this week is Brian Arcangeli of Bih+Wiedemann who introduces us to the AS-i Field Bus in Episode 83 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the...

First Look: SCALANCE XC206-2SFP Managed Switch from Siemens

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We take a first look at the SCALANCE XC206-2SFP Managed Switch from Siemens in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 24 Show Notes: Special thanks to Siemens for sending us...

First Look: SCALANCE XC124 Unmanaged Switch from Siemens

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We take a first look at the SCALANCE XC124 Unmanaged Switch from Siemens in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 22 Show Notes: Special thanks to Siemens for sending us...

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...

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

Learn how to use Moxa's Remote Connection Gateways and Client Software in Episode 5 of The Automation Demo (originally episode 1 of Automation Tech Tips.) For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the...

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...