ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA Announces New Industrial Ethernet Resource
Research Triangle Park, NC (6 May 2008) - ISA recently announced the publication of Industrial Ethernet for the Plant Floor: A Planning and Installation Guide by Robert Lounsbury.
This book provides guidance on how to select components, layout, install, test, certify, and troubleshoot a network system. It discusses designing industrial physical layers, network architectures, and components. The book educates the reader on the basics of noise, how to mitigate and abate it through installation techniques and the selection of components that would provide a level of performance needed in a hostile industrial environment.
According to Lounsbury, Ethernet emerged primarily to provide office connectivity to desktop computers and printers. Office environments are relatively benign with respect to electrical noises and applying the same network in an industrial environment presents the designer and installer with challenges in obtaining an equal or better performance.
Machine control demands reliable data transport to ensure maximum network availability and uptime. A well-planned and installed network guarantees that the network meets the design objectives, applicable standards, and assures that the network will support the applications for which it was designed.
For more information about this resource, visit www.isa.org/industrialethernet or call (919) 549-8411.
Founded in 1945, ISA (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).