Technological evolution doesn't happen overnight. Even when a new and enhanced version of one technology becomes available, it's likely going to be a while before the new tech completely takes over the old. For example, older devices commonly used in industrial networks — PLCs, RTUs, and IEDs (Intelligent Electronic Devices) — which communicate over serial connections are still widely used in a number of operations.
These devices are still quite useful, but aren't compatible for communication over Ethernet/IP — at least not natively. However, companies like Patton (News - Alert) Electronics, which has been developing technology solutions for serial device networking in industrial automation since 1984, can provide ways to retain the functionality of serial devices in an increasingly IP world.
Patton's IpStatMux Model 3038, for example, allows for migration for businesses moving to an all-IP setup by transparently transmitting up to eight asynchronous EIA-232/V.24 data-streams over Ethernet/IP and synch-serial composite links. This multiport asynchronous statistical multiplexer is meant for industrial automation networks and offers a smooth, easy transition to Ethernet/IP.
"Ethernet/IP is the future of industrial networking," said Johnnie Grant, product line manager for Patton. "Sooner or later, any existing RS-232 device will require an IP network connection. Patton's latest technological innovation makes selecting the right equipment for next-generation device networks a no-brainer."
It may seem as though outright replacement of older components will be necessary at some point, but as Patton has pointed out previously, some technologies, like sync-serial transport technologies, use significant amounts of copper — which is often embedded into surrounding structures, making them difficult to remove. For now at least, proper use of Ethernet extenders and interface converters provides an ideal solutions.
Those interested in learning more about the transition from serial to Ethernet/IP should look into Patton's upcoming webinar, entitled "Migrating Serial to Ethernet/IP for Device Communications," scheduled for September 18, 2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time.
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Patton will also be exhibiting at the ITEXPO West 2012. To be held Oct. 2-5 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX, ITEXPO (News - Alert) offers an educational program to help corporate decision makers select the right IP-based voice, video, fax and unified communications solutions to improve their operations.
Edited by Allison Boccamazzo