Industrial networks allow secure, real-time information to flow between machines, systems, operators and enterprises. By connecting factory automation and control systems to IT systems using Ethernet and other automation protocols, business can improve efficiency, mitigate risk and cut costs.
Industrial network architecture relies on a variety of switches, routers, gateways and linking technologies to connect machines, smart sensors, process instruments and control systems. Ethernet and mobile-to-mobile switches natively support common protocols like Modbus and DNP3, and new remote terminal units (RTUs) support 3G and 4G broadband cellular networks.
Using data shared between machines and sensors, networking equipment can trigger inputs and outputs, notify operators of certain events, and optimize factory production.