Anoop Kunhanandan | Field Applications Engineer | ADI, eruditely quotes, “Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a key trend that would drive the market, also, adding, network and cloud are two essential connected infrastructures required to achieve this goal.” Jyoti Gazmer | Sub Editor | BISinfotech in an expeditious interview strived to unravel the current trends, ADI’s technology enablement and future potential of this vigorous growing space of Industrial Ethernet segment. Edited Nub.
- What are the key factors driving the global industrial ethernet market?
Before we discuss about factors driving industrial Ethernet markets, it would be good to understand the difference between Ethernet and Industrial Ethernet. Ethernet is the traditional technology for connecting “wired Local Area Networks(LANs)”, enabling devices to communicate with each other via a protocol which is standardized as IEEE 802.3. Industrial Ethernet is the use of Ethernet in an industrial environment with protocols that provide determinism and real-time control. Protocols for Industrial Ethernet include EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, POWERLINK, SERCOS III, CC-Link IE, and Modbus TCP. Thus the major differentiator of Industrial Ethernet over normal ethernet is “Determinism and Real Time Control”
According to market research analysts, the global industrial Ethernet market will grow at a CAGR close to 16% during 2018-2022. The major factor driving the industrial Ethernet market across the world is the rising demand for industrial automation and growing adoption of Industrial Revolution 4.0. Smart factories, smart grid projects etc.. are some of the live examples that endorse the adoption of Industrial Ethernet.
- What are the key trends impacting the growth of the global industrial ethernet market.
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a key trend that would drive the market. Network and cloud are two essential connected infrastructures required to achieve this goal. The network facilitates the interconnection for communication and data flow, whereas the cloud delivers powerful and elastic computing and storage abilities for Big Data and intelligent applications for further analysis.
- What are the challenges to market growth?
The driving forces are clear- Higher Speeds, Redundancy, Security and Cost of the infrastructure. Industrial networks must be secure to protect highly critical systems. Network redundancy must provide very fast (millisecond/microsecond) recovery. Ultimately it will be the cost of the infrastructure that will determine large scale implementation.
- What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global industrial ethernet market?
As you know the world is getting “smarter” every day; mobile phones, homes, sensors, factories, grids are all getting ‘smart’. To make something “smart” in the technological world, we need high network speed, connectivity, big data, network intelligence, and control. Industrial Ethernet is moving towards facilitating this and the opportunities are many. Ethernet Security is a major concern that needs to be resolved and it should be part of the infrastructure.
- To India’s scenario, what key market strategies will drive the growth in this indigenous market?
The industrial Ethernet market has huge potential across electronics and automotive applications. The Automotive Ecosystem in India is well established, many of the automotive companies have their production plants in India. These are getting ‘smarter’ and would be the primary ones to drive the local indigenous growth. The smart grid projects sanctioned by Ministry of Power will also contribute to the growth in India; water and wastewater management systems as a part of Government’s smart city mission is also expected to catalyze the growth.
- Key offering of your company in this domain?
Analog Devices Inc., (ADI) is well positioned for current and future requirements of the Industrial Ethernet; we offer high performance “Real Time Ethernet Switches” supporting almost all Industrial Ethernet Protocols. FIDO5100, FIDO5200,FIDO2100 are our flagship products. There are also a series of products that support EtherNet/IP with IEEE1588 and TSN (Time Sensitive Networks). ADI believes that TSN based industrial Ethernet Applications would drive real requirements of motion control and safety in the near future. In addition, ADI provides complete solutions based on our FIDO series of products called RapID platform. This platform has all common industrial Ethernet protocols implemented and can be easily integrated into a non-Ethernet field device, allowing the field device to meet requirements of Industry 4.0 applications. The solution also provides dynamic, integrated web servers to read and modify network parameters, inputs and outputs and other ports.