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Analysis of the Seven Trends of Industrial Ethernet Future Development
Aug 02, 2018

With the development of the industrial Internet, the development of industrial Ethernet has received attention. According to the survey, the application and development of industrial Ethernet technology presents the following seven trends: simple (39%), cost savings (27%), better asset management (23%), and increased productivity (22%). . The analysis and optimization of data is the basis for intelligent manufacturing. The openness and compatibility of Ethernet protocols help enterprises to open up the information islands of the upper and lower layers.

 Adoption rate: 52% of respondents' companies are using Industrial Ethernet technology, and another 41% are planning to adopt them in the future. Driven by the concepts of Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet, more and more devices will be connected to the entire network of the factory in the future, becoming intelligent device terminals that can provide big data. Market research firm Gartner announced forecasts that by 2020, there will be 25 billion connected devices worldwide, more than twice the global population. Forty-four percent of respondents predict that productivity gains will be directly related to Ethernet technology in 2015, and 49% expect to continue to invest in Ethernet products and services.

 Integration: Respondents with 40% of operations, services, or integrated Ethernet technologies work in the operations or engineering departments, followed by business IT departments, which account for 23%, while respondents in the manufacturing IT department have 16%. 50% of respondents said that control, automation and instrumentation technology have integrated with Ethernet technology in their enterprises, compared with only 29% of enterprises achieving high integration. 7% of companies have no integration at all. Only 38% of respondents consider themselves to be experts in Ethernet technology, and another 53% point out that they are “somewhat familiar” with technology.

 Confidentiality: 45% of respondents indicated that confidentiality is a major challenge in adopting or using Ethernet technology more. When implementing Ethernet privacy technology, 61% of respondents were based on IT rules, 15% used the rules of their department, and 8% decided to be left to the system administrator.

 Cost: When comparing the cost of products, software, and services purchased by respondents, 45% said they spent more on products and software than services, compared with 59% in 2014. 26% of respondents said that the phone bills are equal in both categories. Industrial Ethernet equipment purchased by 23% of the company's companies accounts for more than 50% of total communication equipment.

 Protocol: The most industrial Ethernet protocol used by respondents is EtherNet/IP (32%). Other major protocols are: ModbusTCP (23%), PROFINET (20%), EtherCAT (11%), Ethernet PowerLink (4). %), HARTIP (3%), CC-LINKIE (2%), MECHATROLINK-III (2%), and EPA (1%).