The IIoT is changing manufacturing from an “old-fashioned” and “conservative” industry to one that is more interactive and in line with the consumer experience. However, the past few years have shown this process to be quite slow, as business owners have applied network technologies to their manufacturing centers cautiously to ensure minimal disruption of the manufacturing process. Even in the networked applications deployed today, proprietary network technology and traditional architectures as fieldbus remain the rule rather than the exception.
As sensor networks approach "Industry 4.0," should you bet on fieldbus or Ethernet? IHS' Tom Moore takes a closer look.