Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) has already found its way into automotive engineering and will also open a broad field of applications in the industrial environment in the wake of Industry 4.0 and IoT. The technology standard enables power supply and data transmission via Ethernet using only one pair of wires with transmission speeds (AWG 22 or AWG 26) of 1 Gbit/s (up to 40m) or a data rate of 10 Mbit/s (AG 18) up to 1,000 metres distance. This makes it ideally suited for applications in mechanical and plant engineering, process technology, as well as building infrastructure, to bring Ethernet to the sensor level and enabling consistent communication.
The cable specialist Helukabel is convinced of the potential of the new transmission technology and has been involved in the SPE Industrial Partner Network since November 2019 (www.single-pair-ethernet.com). This partnership was founded in spring 2019 by seven original founding members to promote the industrial use of Single Pair Ethernet and is now actively supported by Helukabel’s membership.
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