How do I find out about time sensitive networking (TSN)?

Mitsubishi Electric believes it is import for industrial automation users to understand more about time-sensitive networking (TSN). Their importance is in their ability to enable data sharing across different Industrial Ethernet networks. Moreover, it sees TSN as the key tool to futureproof industrial Ethernet for the factories of the future. Here we introduce a series of short video presentations to provide a basic introduction to TSN

The new CC-Link IE TSN network provides high-capacity information management and real-time control communication within production. It allows I/O control, motion, safety and standard Ethernet devices to co-exist on one network, simplifying designs and cutting costs. Users can enjoy reduced cycle times and boost productivity, while precision motion control will improve production quality.

Why time-sensitive networking is important

Would like to understand more about benefits offered by time-sensitive networks (TSN) and their growing relevance to all industrial Ethernet networks? The CC-Link Partner Association has posted a series of four short time-sensitive networking presentations on YouTube, each lasting less than four minutes.

The presentations will be interesting to all automation engineers whether they use the Mitsubishi/CC-Link products or other Industrial Ethernet networks. They address the use of TSN to allow the leading Industrial Ethernets to talk to each other. Something that the industry expected when Ethernet was first adopted but was never realised.

In the first part “What is TSN – Part 1: Where We Are Today” CC-Link’s John Browett considers how the automation industry moved from the ‘fieldbuses wars of the last few decades to the point where deterministic Industrial Ethernet has become the standard for networking and automation. Importantly, there are many industrial Ethernet protocols and although these technologies are open in themselves, they do not provide a good level of interoperability between the different types.

Smart Factories are driving demand to share information between many different parts of a factory, and maintaining the information flow between islands of automation is becoming more important. Improved transparency makes it easier to integrate the factory floor OT layer with the IT layers controlling production. Furthermore, the different systems need increased convergence to handle the growing volumes of data generated by digitisation.

Compatible Industrial Ethernet | It’s about time

Demand is growing for a single unified network architecture enabling users to connect anything together no matter what or from whom. This will give the user the ability to choose devices from any vendor and still make them all work together. The networks also need to be secure, safe, deterministic and easy to maintain and manage.

CC-Links sees the benefit of its Gigabit Ethernet in handling large data volumes and allowing users to share manufacturing information. Clearly bandwidth is important, but it is only part of the answer. The network vendors need to make sure that their different systems can talk to each other. There are six main industrial Ethernets available and TSN is a way to make sure they talk to each other to the benefit of the user.

See the presentations on YouTube at:

  1. 1     What is TSN – Part 1: Where We Are Today

    2     What is TSN – Part 2: What is Time-Sensitive Networking?

3     What is TSN – Part 3: Why is Time-Sensitive Networking Important for Automation?

4     What is TSN – Part 4: What is CC-Link IE TSN?

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