Industrial Automation Protocols - EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP and PROFINET Offerings in Industrial Ethernet Switches

California, U.S.A., March 2019 – Ethernet Direct Corporation, a professional and primary provider of industrial networking and communication solutions shares our new industrial products and technologies focusing on industrial profiles such as EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP and PROFINET.

Most industrial protocol switches are either EtherNet/IP or Modbus or PROFINET enabled. Ethernet Direct offers versatile solution with Multi-protocol 3-in-1 industrial switches to cater industrial control networks in their various applications. Unlike a conventional enterprise networks, an industrial control network is a system of interconnected equipments used to monitor and control physical equipment in industrial environments. These equipments may support different interfaces and protocols. Many protocols are not cross-compatible and thus, making plant automation to deploy devices that would work with specific protocols.

Ethernet Direct EMG series multi-protocol automation industrial switches are the ideal solution for Industrial Networks. These versatile, multi-port switches, supporting an array of industrial protocols and hassle free user friendly configuration and management.

EtherNet/IP in an industrial automation protocol based on an Ethernet standard. With Managed Switches from Ethernet Direct, you can efficiently control the data traffic in your EtherNet/IP network. Whether you need just basic functions such as intelligent multicast filtering or ultra-speed redundant switching and integration into the control system, Ethernet Direct has the right product for your application. Our EMG series multi-protocol integration switches are designed to allow multicast filters for EtherNet/IP support. The Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) can be used to forward data packets to only those network devices that actually require them with the IGMP snooping and the IGMP querier function. This feature is designed to avoid unnecessary data traffic, to minimize the data load on the network, and to ensure seamless availability. EtherNet/IP is a network suitable for industrial environment and time-critical networks.

The use of PROFINET is the perfect solution in manufacturing automation because it is Ethernet-based, flexible, and powerful communication protocol. The Ethernet Direct PROFINET enabled EMG series managed switches are engineered with an integrated PROFINET device for configuration and diagnostics directly from the control system, LLDP for automatic topology detection and the Media Redundancy Protocol (MRP) for fast redundancy. It allows machine builders to increase the diagnostic capabilities. Industrial control networks consist of a PLC, Field bus devices, SCADA systems and HMI/s. Deploying PROFINET enabled switches provide fast and secure data transmission to deliver a reliable network.

Modbus is a popular communication protocol used for the industrial serial devices. It works as “master-slave” architecture with PLC. The Modbus/TCP implies to provide Modbus Messaging Service on the TCP/IP so that the devices which are running Modbus can communicate with each other through Modbus messages. The switch provides an IP address assignment allowing for a static IP address or an address that is discoverable via DHCP in the network. Then, these switches have the ability to use Modbus/TCP to communicate with HMI/SCADA software and SNMP to communicate with NMS (Networking Management Software) at the same time. This gives full access control to both control engineers and IT managers.

To understand more about Ethernet Direct Industrial Protocol Switches and how you can benefit in your application, please contact