29. November 2006

SPS/IPC/Drives 2006

"One for the Ethernet“ - In line with this claim, HARTING has been showcasing its competence for Ethernet system solutions since the last SPS/IPC/DRIVES. These solutions meet both functional and installation related criteria alike.

The breakthrough is not to be overlooked: At the SPS/IPC/DRIVES both HARTING and Cisco, joined by 16 additional, internationally active companies from the automation technology sector have mobilized their resources to demonstrate a long anticipated fact: Standard Ethernet according to IEEE 802 has become a reality in the industrial arena. Automation in systems, facilities and machine level is no longer a separate world, but is embedded and integrated into a network formed by office IT and the infrastructure of the respective industrial buildings involved. Consequently, automation is to be viewed in a comprehensive and integrated manner for the entire company.

"The open Ethernet according to the standard IEEE 802, as we know from the office area, is precisely what industrial customers actually want and this is indeed the key issue at hand here. This is also due to the fact that this standard, thanks to its technological openness, can be adapted and further developed with regard to applications. The claim of offering comprehensive solutions, however, must also meet all installation requirements in all relevant automation applications. It is here, in this respect, that HARTING is setting new standards with its connectivity concepts and its infrastructure components for optimal networking and integration in industrial buildings, facilities, systems and machines," as Dietmar Harting stated. "This open Ethernet standard will be replacing the proprietary field bus systems by a uniform Ethernet technology," added Bernd Griessmayer of Cisco Systems.
And a look to the future shows what automation IT means for Cisco: Today, with its strategic Unified Communcation" offensive Cisco is offering the office world, under a single umbrella, the following: Voice-over-IP, mail, video and conference technology via standard Ethernet. Tomorrow, these products will be directly deployed in factories, at the machine level. A concrete example: In future, our Voice-over-IP telephones will be installed directly at machines and as normal Ethernet components, will be able to take over the tasks of traditional HMIs as multifunction devices.
The advantage: Important machine information, as definable Key Performance Information (KPIs) can be directly output at the telephone and in realtime at any place within the company. Such functions and options are part of automation IT.

As HARTING and Cisco Systems are well aware, such solutions are more than welcome among their clients in the manufacturing industry. The solutions that have been long awaited by all decisive players are finally at hand. Now, decisions are being made by those committed to devising the best possible automation solutions for their clients. And a key problem issues has now been solved for those companies who have joined forces at the shared Automation IT stand: for the first, their products are compatible within a larger, integrated context. While these products and components had to be integrated within part and sub-solutions to date, they are now compatible for all applications.

The Ethernet network functions of switching, management, security and QoS are state of the art and are also utilizable for industrial applications. New functions are being constantly further developed for Standard Ethernet and are being integrated into the standard. "Markets and clients want one switch technology from the office through to machine level, one management concept from the office down to machines, and one network security solution from the office to the machine level - in addition to the appropriate real-time functions, plus the option of utilizing applications in future such as VoIP or video also in the factory," as Bernd Griessmayer from Cisco sums up the situation.

The company Murrelektronik is also engaged in the technical further development of automation IT on the field level. As Klaus-D. Arndt, the speaker of Murrelektronik, emphasizes, the company places special emphasis on the aspect of future capabilities and investment security with regard to installation and connectivity. The installation concepts presented in Hall 7A show for the first time the smooth integration of simple sensors/actuators, via the new IO-Link protocol, for example, or the integration of intelligent sensors/actuators view the new hybrid HARTING installation concept of standard connectors of the variants 4 and 14.

Rüdiger Gilbert of Schneider Electric sees his company's position confirmed: "Since years Ethernet has been playing a key role for us in industrial communication. And in the year 1998, our "Transparent Factory" lended further momentum to the trend geared to establishing Ethernet throughout manufacturing down to the field level. Right from the outset, standard Ethernet components as deployed in the office world played a key role - components that were adapted, however, for applications in an industrial environment with regard to power supply and ambient conditions. Our engagement in Ethernet-E/A has also demonstrated the fact that real-time functions with standard Ethernet and offers substantial advantages over conventional field bus solutions. Moreover, with these open systems we see that we can rapidly and easily integrate our automation technology within a comprehensive, uniform company landscape. The Schneider Electric product range has been designed and conceived for utilization within the international automation market, and can, according to the individual automation task scope, be augmented by products of other device and equipment providers at all times. According to our understanding, automation IT is a further step in the right direction and rounds off the offerings with the appropriate installation technology and connectivity.“

Commenting on the building infrastructure area, Ernst Klees, managing director of Kerpen CTI, the system provider of passive LAN networks, adds: "Our customers, who we have been providing with comprehensive consulting in the networking of buildings and who are utilizing our systems, are increasingly calling for more extensive solutions, as in the integration of external installations and industrial networks, for example.
Thanks to our cooperation with HARTING we are even better positioned to provide our customers with solutions and products for such comprehensive network applications.
Moreover, the Vario Keystone concept represents a highly cost-efficient option for preparing networks for rising bandwidth requirements.“
Together with HARTING, as demonstrated at the Automation IT stand, we are able to offer future and investment security oriented Ethernet structure cabling for industrial buildings.

According to the Automation IT credo, if Ethernet is to form the communication solution for all company processes, the solutions for all applications must be clearly demonstrated. On the one hand, these solutions must be geared to the respective functional scope, while on the other hand - and this diverges from the office area - the right installation systems must be defined for the different applications in buildings, facilities, systems and machines. At this year's SPS/IPC/DRIVES, HARTING and Cisco will be showcasing what comprehensive solutions for industrial clients look like: an Ethernet network that delivers the right installation technology and the right functional scope for every automation task. In this way, the automation systems become an integrated component of a standard Ethernet solution according to IEEE 802.

"Everyone stands to benefit from automation IT, from sensor/actuator manufacturers through to automobile manufacturers. Each and every participant can derive an individual business model and generate growth," as Dietmar Harting is convinced. And the joint performance of the two technology leaders HARTING and Cisco is decidedly unique: there is no other provider and no other cooperation venture at the SPS/IPC/DRIVES that is capable of matching and also realizing this comprehensive coverage of Ethernet based solutions and applications. The shared Automation IT stand 7A provides impressive proof of the realization potential of comprehensive, open Ethernet for all applications, without the need of forming user groups or founding associations in this context.

Cooperation HARTING – KERPEN CTI in the cabling systems area

The focus is firmly on customer benefits

Nuremberg, November 28, 2006.
HARTING, the specialist for Ethernet connectivity and networking, and KERPEN CTI, the system provider for passive LAN networks from the Leoni Group, will be bundling their activities in the area of universal industrial networks.

The key emphasis here is firmly on enhancing customer benefits.

The aim of the cooperation in the area of structured network cabling is to create additional value by bundling the competencies of both company groups, and thereby generate decisive competitive advantages for customers.

In today's rapidly changing market and technology environment, driven by rising Ethernet deployment, customers expect solutions for their networks that are both innovate and practice oriented.
The convergence of office IT networks and Ethernet solutions in industry, as well as in automation, call for comprehensive uniform network infrastructures, that will meet all requirements profiles.

As Rainer Schmidt, head of product management for passive networks at HARTING explains: "Comprehensive and uniform network solutions offer customers the opportunity to design their processes in a consistent manner. In this way, building up and structuring networks is simplified, and the respective infrastructures are opened up for the various different types of applications as are required today. Apart from automation protocols based on Ethernet, this also includes IP based data services, video applications and voice services.
Customers save time in setting up, operating and maintaining infrastructures, while achieving extended utilization periods at the same time. These are advantages, which are clearly reflected in lower costs.“

HARTING has recognized and responded to these market requirements at an early stage. As a leading provider of network solutions deployed in industrial environments, HARTING has placed its emphasis on open solutions right from the outset and has advanced the standards in this area.
With the HARTING PushPull connector family HARTING has created the hardware technology foundation for open cabling. The international standardization has acknowledged the PushPull interface as an optimal solution and ISO/ ISO/IEC24702 has defined and specified this solution as the core element of generic cabling in the IP65/67 environment worldwide.

At KERPEN CTI, the emphasis is also on competent consulting and innovative solutions for the entire, overall network, ranging from the IT area in offices with seamless integration into industrial areas.

Ernst Klees, managing director of KERPEN CTI: "Our customers, who are utilizing our systems and have come to appreciate our extensive consulting over the years, are increasingly demanding more extensive solutions, involving, for example, the integration of external installations and industrial and automation environments.
Here too, the "Vario Keystone" offers a highly cost efficient option for preparing networks for higher bandwidth requirements.
Thanks to the cooperation with HARING we are now even better positioned to offer our customers consulting, solutions and products for such comprehensive network solutions."

At this year's SPS in Nuremberg, the focus topic of HARTING and its partners once again revolves around comprehensive network solutions, from the office level all the way through to sensors.

HARTING and KERPEN CTI are showcasing practical solution options for uniform, comprehensive network structures that are also being showcased at the Automation IT stand in Hall 7A.
Here, the advantages of the cooperation are evident at a glance, as customers are able to experience the convergence of networks live and first hand.