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Intelligent and reliable network infrastructures as the basis of your Digital Factory Smart Automation Network – design of individual networks for future-proof production

Wherever industrial networks have grown historically and are based on outdated network technology, digitalization and automation within the framework of Industry 4.0 face undesirable challenges. A structured and individually designed network infrastructure combined with network and security components creates the ideal basis for being equipped with a reliable communication system for the Digital Factory. With the Smart Automation Network solution, we provide:

  • The service of a network design developed together with you and adapted to your needs to ensure competitiveness.
  • A coordinated, comprehensive, and proven network and security portfolio with state-of-the-art technologies.
  • An intelligent software solution for network management during operation.
Smart automation network

Changing requirements on network infrastructures

Due to the change from the conventional automation pyramid to cyber-physical systems, the requirements on networks have changed significantly. Their increasing size and complexity simultaneously increases the bandwidth required for reliable use in digital production. To meet the changing demands on network infrastructures, operators face the following challenges:

  • Developing a structured network with high-performance network components for prioritizing data and avoiding production downtimes.
  • Operating a gigabit-capable network infrastructure for fast connections and the integration of IoT sensors as well as mobile end devices.
  • Considering different diagnostic options for the continuous optimization of networks.
Industrial Ethernet product portfolio

Design of intelligent and flexible network structures

Based on our many years of experience and our versatile product portfolio, we provide you with suitable solutions and services for converting or setting up the network of your Digital Factory.

Industrial Ethernet products
Our comprehensive portfolio includes switches (unmanaged and managed), cables, connectors, markings, and software for creating optimized and reliable copper and fiber networks for PROFINET and Ethernet/IP. Everything from a single source and also secure with modern firewall technologies.

Industrial Ethernet services
With our wide range of services, we can provide you with versatile advice on your project. This includes the analysis and extension of existing structures as well as the creation of new networks according to your requirements.

With the help of our Industrial Ethernet products and services, we were able to quickly integrate workstations and equipment into our production network while at the same time creating redundant systems. In the course of this, network segmentations could be easily implemented and network infrastructures easily expanded.

Daniel Fiedler - Phoenix Contact, Manager, Test Engineering
Daniel Fiedler
Industrial communication standards

The factory of the future is wireless

Based on many years of technical expertise, Phoenix Contact offers you a range of solutions for an intelligent network in the Digital Factory.
For developing smart network infrastructures in your Digital Factory, the “smart automation network” enables you to:

  • Minimize downtimes by optimizing your existing network together with our experts or, tailored in accordance with your wishes, to design a new one.
  • Equip your production with state-of-the-art networks with a broad product portfolio of (un)managed switches as well as suitable software solutions.
  • Create secure network infrastructures to prevent unauthorized access within the production facilities.
Individual and scalable solutions
Together we will find the ideal solution for you
Digitalize your factory now and remain competitive in the future.
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