Review - June 2003
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Editor, Ken Sinclair

I feel that it is important in this time of rapid evolution that we take time to look at how the industrial control industry is evolving their parallel path.

I have provided linkage to and an extraction of points of interest for our industry from the following website as examples and connection to this further resource. 

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Industrial Ethernet has become a byword for forward thinking industrial networking in the 21st Century, and The Industrial Ethernet Book has been at the forefront of this revolution, with editorial reflecting the latest news and technology from this exciting marketplace. The publication is constantly broadening its coverage to include Ethernet TCP/IP applications, enterprise and internet connectivity, wireless networking and embedded networking and will continue to include the definitive directory of Industrial Ethernet products and services, supported by this rich and vibrant website devoted to the same market sectors. Our mission is to stimulate new avenues of thought in connectivity for factory automation, building automation and process control.


Many products and technologies used in factory automation industrial networking are applicable to the building automation industry. There are several protocols designed specifically for building automation and we provide information and links to those here. We also address the increasing use of Ethernet by the traditional networking solutions as well as the new vendors entering this market.

The Industrial Ethernet Book will produce the second Building Automation supplement in the November 2003 edition. If you editorial or advertising requirements please contact Adrian Chesney at The deadline for material is 28th September 2003. The articles that appeared in last year supplement can be found in the Articles section.


The OPC Specification is a non-proprietary technical specification that defines a set of standard interfaces based upon Microsoft’s OLE/COM technology. The application of the OPC standard interface makes possible interoperability between automation/control applications, field systems/devices and business/office applications. Traditionally, each software or application developer was required to write a custom interface, or server/driver, to exchange data with hardware field devices. OPC eliminates this requirement by defining a common, high performance interface that permits this work to be done once, and then easily reused by HMI, SCADA, Control and custom applications.

The new OPC DX standard will provide interoperable data exchange and server-to-server communications across Ethernet networks. It is an extension of the existing OPC data access specification - backed by a majority of today's leading automation suppliers - which provides interchange of HMI and controller data. The OPC DX standard extends this data sharing exchange during run-time, independent of the real-time application protocol that is being used.

For more information on OPC this is an excellent website

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