Another big piece – many would say the biggest – needed to accelerate the digitalization of industry is falling into place. That piece, Single Pair Ethernet (SPE), is a new streamlined format for Ethernet – the catalyst for what promises to be generational change in industrial communications.
The revolutionary approach of Industry 4.0 should not be seen as a one-time fundamental change, but as openness to permanent change. Connecting to the internet boosts the functionality and performance of an industrial plant and machinery – thereby permanently adjusting and improving seamless integration and in the form of digital, value-added networks.
Harting has introduced what it calls the world’s first M8 D-code connector for 100 Mbit/s Ethernet communications from the cloud to any sensor. The connector is IP67 protected and standardization to PAS IEC 61076-2-114, which also makes it a safe investment, as it can be combined with the connectors and sockets of various manufacturers.
Harting has introduced Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) MICA starter kits. The MICA CISS Complete IIoT Starter Kit creates a basic condition-monitoring application. It comes with a sensor that can measure seven different parameters, including vibrations, acoustics, temperature and humidity.