Siemens is expanding its portfolio of Industrial Ethernet switches with the SCALANCE XM-400, offering two basic units and port extenders for connecting up to 24 network stations. (Source: Siemens Industry)
Nice article, Al. Siemens, as usual, is at the cuyying edge of automation and control developments. One of the most practical advances is integrated drive systems. Instead of throwing gears around, control engineers can now reconfigure their lines on the HMI.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
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