Written by Patricia Skinner
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The Devicenet network provides solutions for industry by providing connections between industrial devices, such as photoelectric sensors, limit switches, motor starters, panel displays, operator interfaces and more, with PLC controllers and computers. Devicenet consists of a single network that serves all its customers. This means that for each individual company, the need for a lot of expensive wiring is eliminated, along with failure due to too many connections.

Devicenet is a great way of being able to use industrial devices and provides interchangeability of components by many vendors. Devicenet is built on the Controller Area Networking system, an ISO standard known as CAN, which is used extensively in industry.

Why Devicenet?

For an industrial plant to work properly, all the components of that plant need to be integrated efficiently and effectively. The company that developed Devicenet realized that many companies across the land would be duplicating the work and knowledge needed to accomplish this. The obvious answer is for one supplier who has perfected the art of this complete integration to offer the service to any company that needs it.

So now, instead of a company having to cope with a mishmash of networks and devices that don't always speak the same language, they can benefit from the advantages of a system that fulfills all their needs. Apart from these obvious benefits, other advantages of using Devicenet include low cost, high speed operation, reliability, can support up to 64 active nodes, and extreme ease of use. Taken together, these advantages mean that it is not logical for a company to opt for the alternatives to using Devicenet.

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