As per a recent survey from HMS, Industrial Ethernet is growing faster than before, and now accounts for 38% of the market. EtherNet/IP is in first place within industrial Ethernet globally, followed by PROFINET. However, classic fieldbuses are still dominating the fragmented world of industrial networks with 58% and PROFIBUS is still the most widely used industrial network. Some trends seen within industrial communication in 2016 include that fieldbus is still growing, by approximately 7% per year as users ask for simplicity, tradition and reliability. Next seen is that wireless is coming. For the first time, wireless technologies are on the chart with 4% of the worldwide industrial network market. The US market is dominated by the CIP networks where EtherNet/IP is overtaking DeviceNet in terms of market shares. “It is interesting to see that industrial Ethernet is now growing faster and that wireless technologies are gaining foothold,” said Anders Hansson, Marketing Director, HMS Industrial Networks. HMS Industrial Networks is the leading independent supplier of products for industrial communication including remote management.
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