Controllers, networks and devices

5G Automotive Association Discusses the Acceleration of 5G Deployment on European Roads

5G Automotive Association (5GAA) - The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) - with the engagement of EU representatives and stakeholders of the C-2VX ecosystem - has discussed the latest developments, opportunities, and challenges presented by connected mobility and 5G-V2X technology at the Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2021.

World’s first System-on-Module with the NXP S32G274A processor

MicroSys Electronics - MicroSys Electronics announces the world’s first System-on-Module (SoM) with NXP Semiconductors S32G274A processor. The miriac MPX-S32G274A SoM comes with quad Arm Cortex-A53 cores plus triple Arm Cortex-M7 dual-cores and combines ASIL D safety and hardware security with more than 10 times the real-time performance and networking throughput of NXP’s previous automotive gateway devices.

Delta Launches the AX-308E, its First CODESYS-Based AS Series-Compatible Motion Controller

Delta - Delta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions and industrial automation systems, has introduced the AX-308E as the first of its compact, mid-range AX-3 Series PLC motion controllers, based on CODESYS. This multi-axis motion controller, which controls up to eight EtherCAT servo drives, is compatible with the existing AS Series and supports a broad range of industrial communication protocols, including EtherCAT and offers a complete motion control solution.

Rockwell Automation Makes Widespread Implementation of CIP Security Possible with New Proxy Device

Rockwell Automation - Industrial companies can now implement CIP Security expansively in their systems with the Allen-Bradley CIP Security Proxy. Traditionally, industrial networks had little-to-no security built into them. Now with a more Connected Enterprise, it is needed more than ever. The CIP Security Proxy allows users to implement CIP Security on most devices on their network, helping to protect plant operations – even with older systems.

Over 100 million PROFIBUS and PROFINET devices in use

Profibus & Profinet International - Despite challenges brought about by the pandemic, products featuring technology from PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) have been very well accepted by users. With the total number of PROFIBUS and PROFINET products so far installed at plants has exceeded 104 million, an impressive threshold has been crossed. On a yearly basis, PROFINET has beaten all previous records with a total of 7.3 million products placed on the market.

CIP Security Enhanced to Support Resource-Constrained EtherNet/IP Devices

ODVA - CIP SecurityTM, the cybersecurity network extension for EtherNet/IPTM, has added support for resource-constrained EtherNet/IP devices. CIP Security can now provide device authentication, a broad trust domain, device identity via Pre-Shared Keys (PSKs), device integrity, and data confidentiality for resource-constrained devices such as contactors and push-buttons. A narrow trust domain, user authentication, and policy enforcement via a gateway or a proxy are available options.

6G Communication Myths, Explored by IDTechEx

IDTechEx - 6G Communications will become one of the largest technology investments. It is currently in the healthy first stage of promising everything to widely deploy some in 2030. Meanwhile, 5G to "Beyond 5G" awaits.

Industrial Box PC with Raspberry OS

Berghof Automation - With this sophisticated hybrid of an industrial PC and a PLC, Berghof introduces the first truly industrial-grade, high-performance Raspberry Pi solution to the market. The versions available as a single slot module and as a double slot module with additional interfaces and optional heat sink not only impress with their compact design but above all with the open system and thus the use of synergy with the Raspberry community.

Developments in the field of "Connectivity for Future Technologies"

Harting - The HARTING Technology Group continues to offer its customers a comprehensive and innovative solution portfolio for the Industrial Automation, Energy Infrastructure, E-Mobility and Railway sectors also in 2021. Particular attention is being paid to "Connectivity+", emphasized Dr.-Ing. Kurt D. Bettenhausen, Board Member for "New Technologies and Development" at HARTING, at the digital HANNOVER MESSE Preview.

PROFINET on a 5G wireless network

Phoenix Contact - Phoenix Contact teamed up with Belgian network operator Proximus to perform a successful test of PROFINET on a wireless 5G network. This achievement marks a key milestone for Industry 4.0 applications and unlocks the use of this leading factory automation protocol in combination with ultra-fast, ultra-reliable 5G mobile private networks (MPNs).

Modular safety relay myPNOZ is the world’s first batch size 1 safety relay

Pilz - With the intuitive online tool myPNOZ Creator, users can assemble “their” myPNOZ: it’s delivered pre-assembled, set up and tested and so is a completely individualised system, ready to install. No programming knowledge is required to use myPNOZ Creator, as the logic links for the safety functions are defined on myPNOZ via the modules that are selected and the sequence in which they are plugged in.

5G-ACIA and 5G IA sign Memorandum of Understanding to foster cooperation and synergies on mobile radio communication enabled Industrial IoT

5G-ACIA - On 9 October 2020 in Brussels, 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) and the 5G Infrastructure Association (5G IA), co-signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster cooperation and synergies on 5G for Smart Manufacturing.

CIP Security updated to support user level authentication

ODVA - ODVA announces that user level authentication has been added to CIP Security, the cybersecurity network extension for EtherNet/IP. Previous publications of the specifications for CIP Security included key security properties including a broad trust domain across a group of devices, data confidentiality, device authentication, device identity, and device integrity. CIP Security now adds a narrow trust domain by user and role.

16 to 128 digital I/Os for the Raspberry Pi

STV Electronic - STV Electronic launches a smart digital I/O expansion module for its Raspberry Pi 3 B+ based DIN rail PC. The new I/O Module 16, which can be operated remotely from the system via RS-485, provides 4 digital inputs, 4 digital outputs, and 8 flexible interfaces, configurable either as digital input or digital output. The Smart Manager 4.0 can control up to 8 of these modules, providing a total of 16 to 128 flexibly configurable digital I/Os.

Nokia 5G standalone private wireless network selected by Sandvik to advance digital transformation in mining

Nokia - Nokia today announced that Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology will deploy a Nokia 5G SA industrial-grade private wireless network at its test mine in Tampere, Finland.

Interest in AR/VR grows but market needs to evolve

GlobalData - The virtual reality (VR)/augmented reality (AR) market—collectively known as extended reality (XR)—has been on the cusp of becoming the next mainstream platform, but it has remained niche for many years thanks to technological limitations and scant content. However, the COVID-19 global pandemic appears to have changed the technology’s fortunes—at least in the short-term, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

The right control cabinet in a matter of minutes

Festo - With the Cabinet Guido Online from Festo engineers and designers working on water technology are able to create purpose-built, ready-to-install control cabinets in record time – and make considerable savings compared to conventional custom-designed control cabinets. It enables engineers and designers to configure and order their new control cabinet solution in a smart and intuitive way.

ODVA enters into agreement with FDT and Fieldcomm Group and continues XDS development

ODVA - ODVA announced today that it has entered into separate agreements to further integrate FDT and FDI technologies into EtherNet/IP. Additional device description work on the next generation xDS for CIP devices also continues to move forward. “ODVA is committed to making EtherNet/IP a best in class communication network for both the discrete and process industries” said Dr. Al Beydoun, President and Executive Director of ODVA.

OPC UA companion specification to be developed for CIP

ODVA - ODVA announced today that it has launched a joint working group with the OPC Foundation to develop an OPC UA companion specification to the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP). The collaboration will result in reliable, secure communications between devices that are a part of a CIP-enabled Industrial Control System (ICS) and other OPC UA enabled applications as well as with cloud and enterprise level services.

IODDfinder – The smart solution

IO-Link Consortium - It does not get easier than this. With the IODDfinder, files arrive from the Internet automatically – no fuss, no muss. That’s just the right way to describe the advantage of this centralized, cross-manufacturer database. And it’s been very well received by users, to boot. With more than 400,000 downloads in November of 2019 alone and over 12,000 devices, IODDfinder – the Internet platform for IO-Link description files – has become an established name in the market in just three years.