Industrial Ethernet

Designing for success in harsh industrial environments


Ethernet is rapidly gaining adoption as the dominant networking method for an increasing number of applications outside of the IT domain. Industrial applications such as process control, automation, and industrial robots are increasingly popular use cases. However, the operating environment is significantly different from an IT environment.

Industrial facilities are typically full of motor-driven automation and process control equipment. With potentially long cable runs, the risk of interference from high current spikes and transients is significant. In this article, we investigate how Industry 4.0 is leading the deployment of industrial Ethernet connectivity. We’ll also discuss how the differences in the operating environment between IT and operational technology (OT) mandate a more robust and reliable physical layer.