AuthorsG. Prytz, P. C. Juel, R. Hussain and T. Skeie
EditorsR. Zurawski
TitleSwitched Ethernet in Automation
AfilliationCommunication Systems, Communication Systems
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2013
Book TitleIndustrial Communication Technology Handbook
PublisherCRC Press

Ethernet is now taking over as the preferred communication technology in industrial automation. Fieldbuses and proprietary solutions are rapidly being replaced by Ethernet based solutions with su-perior performance, robustness, flexibility and functionality. This transition means that automation systems are turning into complex communication networks. The main benefits of going for Ethernet for the manufacturers and end users are the wide availability of software, hardware and various tools, the attractive price/performance ratio and a vast potential for replacing costly manual intervention with smart network behaviour throughout the lifecycle of a system.