An Overview of Industrial Communication Networks

  • M. SilvaEmail author
  • F. Pereira
  • F. Soares
  • C. P. Leão
  • J. Machado
  • V. Carvalho
Conference paper
Part of the Mechanisms and Machine Science book series (Mechan. Machine Science, volume 24)


This paper presents an overview on the industrial communication networks and protocols developed to monitor and control industrial processes. The most common protocols (Profibus, DeviceNet, Ethernet TCP-IP, AS-Interface, RS485, RS232, Host Link and FINS) are described and compared. These protocols and also different industrial networks can be tested using a dedicate Automation Platform, Remote Industrial Automation Protocol (PAIR). Different real-world case studies, selective solder industrial unit and other laboratorial prototypes are being designed to be used as demonstration of practical exercises.


Automation Communication protocols Industrial communication networks Remote access 



The authors of this paper are grateful to national funds by FCT—Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia in the scope of the project: PEst-OE/EEI/UI0319/2014.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Silva
    • 1
    Email author
  • F. Pereira
    • 1
  • F. Soares
    • 1
  • C. P. Leão
    • 1
  • J. Machado
    • 2
  • V. Carvalho
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.R&D Centro Algoritmi, Engineering SchoolUniversity of MinhoGuimarãesPortugal
  2. 2.R&D CT2M, Engineering SchoolUniversity of MinhoGuimarãesPortugal
  3. 3.IPCA-ESTBarcelosPortugal

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