Plant Wide Networking - What You Need to Know and How You Do it
As manufacturers migrate to Ethernet networks to gain greater connectivity of all control systems, interconnectivity between plant and enterprise networks can pose a real challenge. This is especially the case as the majority of control systems need to interact with higher level networks with IP connectivity. The benefits, however, are substantial and worth the challenge. For instance, the immediate availability of plant wide diagnostics can reduce troubleshooting and downtime costs, resulting in significantly greater uptime and productivity.