Technical White Paper

Intrinsically Safe Ethernet for the Hazardous Area


Fast communication based on Ethernet is standard in the automation industry and results in a highly synchronized production operation.

Explosion protection is one hindrance for wide application of Ethernet in process automation where existing methods are protected installation, wireless LAN and fiber optics.
Intrinsically safe Ethernet now offers high speed in combination with the live – work benefits and simplified maintenance procedures of intrinsic safety where the connection and disconnection of cabling is possible in the hazardous area of a process plant without a hot work permit.

This paper compares existing methods for explosion protection and intrinsically safe Ethernet with a practical view on the advantages, disadvantages and use cases of each method.

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