Industry 4.0 Changes Selection Criteria For Machine Control Architecture: Why IPC Now Prevails over PLC and PAC for Machine Control

Today’s more flexible, faster, smarter machines can communicate with one other and process/analyze data in real-time, creating game-changing economic and productivity opportunities. Importantly, information sharing via Industry 4.0 standards combined with artificial intelligence will only increase the speed with which demands will be put on the system. Companies offering machine-automation and machine-control systems that are the most flexible, precise and highest-performing will generate the most value for their customers.

  • Describe the differences between a PLC, PAC and IPC based machine control
  • Explore how Industry 4.0 changed the requirements for a valuable machine control architecture
  • Explain why the IPC now offers the best machine control architecture versus a PLC or PAC

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Ethernet-based fieldbus standards have changed the game for machine builders. But with so many protocols competing to be most valuable and viable, how should you decide which to use?

In this white paper, “5 Real-Time, Ethernet-Based Fieldbuses Compared,” we examine five different protocols that claim to offer the best price/performance open standard for real-time Ethernet fieldbuses. Topics covered include:

Criteria for evaluating Ethernet real-time protocols

5 standards compared: Ethernet/IP, Ethernet Powerlink, EtherCAT, PROFINET IRT, & SERCOS III

Evaluation of standards bodies, philosophies, and architectural underpinnings, response time, jitter, data rate, and more

Fieldbus scorecard: which standard wins in price/performance and market acceptance?

Understand your options when it comes to real-time, Ethernet-based fieldbuses. Read the white paper to see how the top five standards stack up.