Industrial Communication Technology Handbook, Second Edition

Industrial Communication Technology Handbook, Second Edition

Richard Zurawski

Preference :

The first edition of the Industrial Communication Technology Handbook was published almost a decade
ago, in 2005. It gave a fairly comprehensive picture of the specialized communication networks used in
diverse application areas. Solutions and technologies proposed for and deployed in process automation
and on the factory floor dominated the volume. Not surprisingly, the late 1980s and the 1990s were
the years when a large number of frequently competing solutions and technologies were introduced by
major automation vendors and industry consortia. At the end of the 1990s, the Ethernet emerged as a
contender for real-time applications, including safety-critical ones—largely on the factory floor. The
Ethernet was also viewed as a potential solution for the vertical integration of functional layers of the
industrial automation architectures, as it enabled a seamless data/command flow between the factory
floor and upper layers. Another emerging area of research and development embarked upon at that time
by the control and automation industry sector was the use of commercial wireless technologies in the
automation of plants and on the factory floor.
But plant and factory automation were not the only application areas for specialized communication
networks. The automotive industry has been exploring from the mid-1980s the possibility of the use of
dedicated networks to automate different car functions and domains, aiming to replace mechanical or
hydraulic systems with electrical/electronic ones. Production models released from the beginning of the
1990s integrated a range of networks to support different car functions and domains.
Building automation and control (BAC) is aimed at reducing energy consumption. As early as the
mid-1990s, research and development activities commenced in Japan and in the United States to come
up with a system to control light and temperature (coupled, particularly close to window areas) in
office buildings to save energy and provide “personal comfort.” Due to the highly distributed nature of
the systems involved, using specialized communication networks was a necessity.
The use of specialized communication networks in avionics was a world of its own. At the time when
the first edition was published, any technical publications were seldom available to the broad engineering
profession. Most technical details were confined to technical reports, sometimes available for a
substantial fee.

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Content :
  • Field Area and Control Networks
  • Industrial Ethernet
  • Fault-Tolerant Clock Synchronization in Industrial Automation Networks
  • Accessing Factory Floor Data
  • Safety Technologies in Industrial Networks and Network Security
  • Wireless Industrial Networks
  • Time-Triggered Communication
  • Avionics and Aerospace
  • Automotive Communication Technologies
  • Building Automation
  • Energy and Power Systems
  • Communication Networks and Services in Railway Applications
  • Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International
  • Emerging Protocols and Technologies

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