Customized to meet digital industry requirements
Siemens’ industrial communication relies on Industrial Ethernet and comprises everything that you need to realize highly efficient industrial networks and bus systems: powerful, future-proof network components for reliable use in harsh industrial environments, a cabling system for high-speed assembly on site, a high degree of redundancy for failure safety, and an alarm concept for continuous monitoring of network components, plus communication on the field level and flexible vertical integration all the way to the cloud – in short, a complete offering for implementing convergent OT/IT networks.
Fit for digitalization – from OT to ITThe greatest challenges to the use of edge- and cloud-based applications in industrial automation – for optimizing plant performance, for example – have to do with efficient digitalization. At the same time OT and IT, which have traditionally been developed and operated independently of one another, are converging. It’s crucial to retain the strengths of existing solutions while creating new synergies. Siemens is making this possible by combining two proven standards: PROFINET and OPC UA.
PROFINET and OPC UA. Two standards. One network.
To implement the consistent, end-to-end digitalization of OT and IT and make optimal use of OT and IT data, Siemens combines the benefits of two Ethernet standards: PROFINET and OPC UA.
Both standards excel in their particular area of application with top performance, and they optimally complement one another in a shared Industrial Ethernet network – making them ideal for connecting the field level to the control level and to the cloud.
TSN – towards a real-time future
TSN (Time-Sensitive Networking) offers an additional functional expansion. This global Ethernet standard supplements PROFINET and OPC UA with important real-time functions like reserved bandwidths, Quality of Service (QoS) mechanisms, and low transmission latency. At the field level, the combination of TSN and PROFINET enables isochronous applications that are fully IEEE-compliant. And thanks to plug & work support from TSN, even modular machines and machine modules added during runtime are made possible in the network.
In order to protect plants, systems, machines and networks against cyber threats, it is necessary to implement – and continuously maintain – a holistic, state-of-the-art industrial security concept. Siemens’ products and solutions only form one element of such a concept. For more information about industrial security, please visit.