GE Argues for Ethernet Backbone
Just when you think everything new in the industry is really just a series of upgrades, manufacturers surprise you with some serious innovations. But given the ever-escalating complexity of manufacturing systems, the exponential growth of connections among devices and workers that is the Internet of Things (IoT), and the persistent threat from cybersecurity and safety realms, innovation is exactly what is needed.
GE is talking about an innovation in the Ethernet backbone that could lead to significant improvements in process control systems. Taking the pervasive, low-cost communications layer down to the lowest level of control system architecture could provide the connectivity and integration needed in the IoT manufacturing environment.