May 31, 2021
By Frank Schirra, Global Portfolio Manager, System & Solutions Business, Rockwell Automation, & Gregory Wilcox, Principal Application Engineer, Strategic Development, Rockwell Automation
Ethernet-APL (Ethernet-Advanced Physical Layer) enables the future of process automation through these core features:
- – Ease of adoption
- – Seamless integration
- – Simplified installation
- – Greater distances
- – Process industry rated
- – Valuable data
As digitalization becomes more common in industrial automation and companies seek to extract its value, access to data is more crucial than ever.
However, process industries have special requirements that make it more difficult to modernize towards digital solutions. An example of these requirements include seamless and fast communication from the field to the information level in explosive and hazardous areas in harsh conditions. In this sensitive industrial sector, any deployment of new technology must be thoroughly tested along with providing added business benefits. Furthermore, new technology cannot require extensive training for installation and maintenance making meeting the needs of the process automation industry a difficult task. This highlights why it has been such a challenge to digitize the field level in the process industry—until now.
Ethernet-APL is hazard rated and purpose built to be the next standard for field level applications. It has been developed based on requirements from end user organizations like NAMUR. Along with key features like 10 Mbit/sec communication bandwidth and two-wire cabling capable of powering field devices, one of the major advantages of Ethernet-APL is how easy it is to use. Ethernet-APL extends EtherNet/IP to all areas of process operations. This enables PlantPAx DCS, digitalization, and expansion of the edge of the Connected Enterprise.
Why should you be interested in Ethernet-APL? Simply said: it is the future of process automation.
Ready for a deeper dive? Watch on demand how to unlock the potential of smart sensors and instruments for production facilities enabled by Ethernet-APL technology.
Tune in live to ACHEMA Pulse, a virtual global forum on June 15 and 16 of 2021, that aim to bring people, ideas, and technologies together to explore new opportunities for collaboration. Ethernet-APL will be represented at the show at an independent virtual booth that will hold a variety of business and technical live talks on the Ethernet-APL technology.