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Ethernet on the plant floor was introduced as a simple, scalable, and convenient way to add devices to a network. The result was better connectivity between devices as well as to corporate business networks to assist with business intelligence. However, the scale to which networks have grown was never anticipated, and the rules to support a completely connected Ethernet network have rarely – if ever been examined.
In this discussion, we will speak to the fundamental nature of Ethernet – how it works at the base level, drawing comparisons to your traditional home or business ‘IT’ network but outlining pitfalls and differences between them.
Specifically, we will explain:
Finally, we will cover tips and tricks to guarantee performance, improve visibility for troubleshooting, and why it pays to understand Ethernet for Automation.
Instructor: Dave Kang, Industrial Networking & Security Specialist at Rumsey Electric. Dave has spent the last 15+ years working in multiple aspects of Information Technology. His experience lies primarily in infrastructure design and management – both physical and virtual – working closely with vendors such as Cisco, VMware, EMC, Microsoft Azure, and Check Point. Dave is a Cisco Certified Industrial Networking Specialist and focused on helping to bridge the gap between IT and OT networks; he operates as a liaison between the disparate networks in pursuit of the ‘Connected Enterprise’.