Ethernet or Wireless on the Shop Floor? It’s Like Big Mac versus Whopper

For modern production equipment in almost every industry, if it isn’t connected, it isn’t efficient.

Even if a factory floor isn’t collecting data from machine operation in real-time, modern control systems require conductivity for safety and maintenance reasons. Jim discusses the pros and cons of wired vs wireless connectivity on the shop floor, cabling considerations and speeds, as well the challenges of connecting legacy equipment in modern facilities.

Written by

James Anderton

Jim Anderton is the Director of Content for Mr. Anderton was formerly editor of Canadian Metalworking Magazine and has contributed to a wide range of print and on-line publications, including Design Engineering, Canadian Plastics, Service Station and Garage Management, Autovision, and the National Post. He also brings prior industry experience in quality and part design for a Tier One automotive supplier.