|Here is a hotly debated subject to discuss. It seems that every manufacturer has developed their own communications network and thinks it is best solution.
Some manufacturers have a history of developing proprietary systems but advertise them as open systems. Some protocols, such as Modbus, pioneered the field so long ago that they almost reached extinction, but then reemerge as a viable alternative on Ethernet. Most of our information regarding industrial networking can be found in our Industrial Networking tutorial.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Will everything inside a manufacturing plant be put on one Ethernet cable? Although some "experts" are touting everything on one cable this is not a good idea. Please see our tutorial for more information.