Paradigm shifts in automation are always occurring. The need for cost savings and higher diagnostics caused the shift from IP20 I/O to IP67 I/O. Now, we are in the midst of a shift to reduce or eliminate enclosures in industrial applications by removing control and power from the cabinet. With the reduction of IP20 I/O and enclosures, adding more I/O (discrete and analog) or specialty devices (RF identification, measurement devices, etc…) is now more difficult. In the past it was relatively easy, but expensive, to add another “slice” of I/O to an existing IP20 solution.
Have you ever made the statement, “If I had it to do over again, I would’ve done it differently”? Well, here’s your chance. Many companies are migrating from DeviceNet to EtherNet/IP and now you can take this opportunity to do it differently. As a former Allen Bradley Instructor, I have seen enough bad DeviceNet installs to write a book. Here are six topics to consider in your new EtherNet/IP installations: