Advancement of Ethernet APL through the partnership of R. STAHL and Softing

To the development and expansion of Ethernet-APL technology the partnership between Softing Industrial Automation GmH and R.STAHL Schaltgeraete GmbH were establish.

The key to the technology of the end-to-end digitalization of the process plants down to its field level which includes the use in potentially hazardous areas will be possible with the new Ethernet-Advanced Physical Layer (Ethernet-APL) which uses 2-wire Ethernet for process automation. As the expert in the safety technology for hazardous areas since 2018, R. STAHL has been cooperation with 11 leading manufacturers in the process industry as well as the four major organizations for process automation FieldComm Group, ODVA, OPC Foundation and PROFIBUS and PROFINET International (PI) in the “Ethernet-APL Project” to develop fundamentals and specifications for Ethernet to the field.

Presenting products and solutions in a form of Ethernet APL power switches and field switches will not be too far with the partnership of R.STAHL and Softing Industrial. With the knowledge of Softing regarding the intellectual property in the field of Industrial Ethernet switches and the technologies of the participating organizations such as HART-IP, EtherNet/IP, OPC UA, and PROFINET to the partnership. Industrial communication with fieldbuses and Industrial Ethernet protocols, for the standardized data exchange, and the integration and configuration of the devices and networks is what Softing were specialized and recognized for.

According to André Fritsch, Senior Product Manager Remote I/O & Fieldbus at R. Stahl, “The technology partnership with Softing will advance the development of Ethernet APL solutions in the area of safety for hazardous areas as well as communication technology.” Thomas Rummel, Senior Vice President Engineering & Product Management at Softing says, “We have known R. Stahl for a long time as an experienced and reliable business partner. Softing’s expertise in Industrial Ethernet Switches together with R. Stahl’s expertise in safety technology for hazardous areas guarantee that these two important requirements for Ethernet APL are perfectly met.”

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