February 2011, Vol. 238 No. 2

Features

Applying Wireless To EtherNet/IP Pipeline Automation

The use of Ethernet for industrial networking is growing rapidly in process control and SCADA systems such as oil and gas pipeline applications. The Open Device Net Vendor Association (ODVA) EtherNet/IP network standard is gaining popularity as a preferred industrial protocol. Engineers are recognizing the significant advantages that Ethernet-enabled devices provide such as ease of connectivity, high performance and cost savings. While EtherNet/IP has many advantages, cable installation is often expensive, and communications to remote sites may not be reliable or cost-effective. Wireless Ethernet technologies have emerged that can now reliably reduce network costs while improvin

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