In the world of factory automation Ethernet has rapidly replaced serial communications as the preferred method for communications. All factory automation equipment like PLCs, HMI, I/O blacks, inverters and drives all now have the standard RJ-45 connection.
By definition the factory floor is a tough environment for communications with high voltages often being switched inducing electrical fields and transients in both the power and signal lines.
Reliability and fault free operation are a prerequisite in this market as a company's entire production can be put at risk if a network should fail. Robust Industrial Data Communications is the solution.
Sales, Westermo North America