Connect the field and unleash the potential with Ethernet-APL
The advanced physical layer for Ethernet, Ethernet-APL, meets the requirements of process plants and brings Ethernet with all its advantages to the field. With Ethernet-APL, digitalization in process plants is fully enabled and benefits are achieved across all life cycle phases.
- Designed for process and hybrid industries
- State-of-the-art technology supporting digitalization concepts
- Flexible and scalable network topology design
- No need for hazardous area calculations (2-WISE)
- High availability by a variety of redundancy mechanisms
For operators and maintenance personnel:
- Increased performance by accurate digital process values, high-speed data transfer and simple remote device access
- Optimized reliability by continuous diagnostics, monitoring and remote verification
- Seamless data access by homogeneous network for the 2nd channel and the IIoT
- Start-up records for automatic configuration at device exchange
With Ethernet-APL it is possible to realize different topologies – depending on the requirements of the process plant. In general, it can be distinguished between star topologies as well as trunk and spur topologies.
Possibilites with Ethernet-APL
Independent of the topology, the upper layer integration is the same – via standard Ethernet mechanisms.
Integration to process control system via the industrial Ethernet protocol functionalities (e.g. via GSD for PROFINET)
Integration to an asset management tool (e.g. FieldCare) via device driver (FDI Package)
Web server of the devices can be accessed via the standard Ethernet protocol http
For the IIoT, the data can be transferred easily via edge devices to upper layer applications where digital services can provide the added value based on the valuable data from the field level
Ethernet-APL can be used everywhere, where 4 to 20 mA and fieldbus technologies are used today. The field devices and infrastructure products fit perfectly for heavy industries – mainly for greenfield projects but with some modifications also in brownfield.
Ethernet-APL fits to many applications across different industries where some of the following use cases are relevant:
Explosion hazardous areas
Asset management for many measuring points
Efforts for calibration of analog communication loops
Monitoring and optimization, e.g. by using the 2nd channel
Easy access to device diagnostics
Additional process quality information
White paper (WP)
Ethernet-APL: Smart, fast, digital
White paper (WP)
Ethernet-APL is designed to be open, future-proof and ready for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Ethernet-APL is bringing intelligence to process automation. It provides you with a fast data network. So you can benefit from IIoT, increase plant availability and optimize your processes.
Ethernet-APL Engineering Guideline
This document supports users during planning, installation and commissioning of Ethernet-APL devices and networks.
White paper – Ethernet to the field
This white paper covers the business environment, technical specifications, implications for different user types, and the development status of Ethernet-APL.