Ethernet-APL Technology for safe Automation

  Enquiry / contact me

Today’s Industrial Ethernet connects any standard ethernet-based protocols. It flexibly integrates devices based on open and vendor-specific (safety) protocols.

Automation & Communication, Explosion Protection & Safety

Ethernet-APL Technology for safe Automation
Ethernet-APL Technology for safe Automation

Digitization can improve plant economic operation. A plant’s entire life cycle has aspects that can contribute to operational economy. Faster planning, engineering, and setup, for example, allow shorter times to market. However, maintenance and change management should also be more efficient. Plant lifetime costs can easily exceed initial investment. More flexibility is essential to ensure maximum profit from minimal investment.

Finding a good price/performance ratio

Automation design has always sought more flexibility in meeting individual needs. Neither centralized nor decentralized solutions are generally best: either way, a universal network provides the most efficient solution. It can ease changes to plant planning and operation. 
Balancing cost against benefits is challenging. E.g. developing remote IO with individually configurable IO types is wasteful over-engineering – and provides only half the solution. A fully flexible solution comprises a universal communication platform connecting all automation devices like sensors, actuators, controllers, safety PLCs, AMS etc. 

The road to flexible automation

Ethernet in Automation has been promoted since 2000. Now it is acknowledged as the most flexible communication solution with proven robustness, availability, and universality.
Today’s Industrial Ethernet connects any standard ethernet-based protocols. It flexibly integrates devices based on open and vendor-specific (safety) protocols. Individual advantages include:

  • SafeEthernet seamless integration of complete HIMA safety platforms with minimal engineering effort. Specialized functionalities like huge safety data volumes, routing, full redundancy and reload make SafeEthernet a very powerful protocol.
  • OPC-UA, a perfectly integrated, security- approved higher-level solution. 
  • PROFINET, combined with PROFIsafe, is an open solution offering future expansion with best of breed devices. 

Ethernet-APL logically enhances the present Ethernet physical layer. This simple 2-wire physical layer with 10Mbit bit rate seamlessly connects intelligent devices even into Ex-Zone 1.

Standard Ethernet is future-proof. It allows visionary solutions like field control unified in one infrastructure for safety and non-safety - all while maintaining full separation and thus maximum security, availability, and safety. Establishing this concept consistently throughout the entire plant gives full, entire life cycle data transparency. HIMA calls this concept the Independent Open Integration. It facilitates future automation solutions of minimum complexity and maximum cost-effectiveness.


Industrial Networks are key to digitalization and replacement of analog values with real ones. 

Powerful, uniform standard Ethernet networks can keep installations current and competitive.

HIMA’s safety platform allows standard Ethernet-based centralized, decentralized, and distributed solutions. Network where possible, wire where necessary.

Standard Ethernet with best of breed devices allows tailored solutions and prevents vendor lock-ins. With worldwide coverage, together with widespread PN/PS industrial protocols, availability of spare parts, trained staff and therefore uptime is guaranteed.

HIMA develops its full compatible PN/PS solution together with Softing to guarantee a flexible and future-proof implementation.

Ethernet Networks fit brown- and greenfield installations. PROFINET connects to existing PROFIBUS segments using Proxies, allowing direct device access and integration. 

In many cases Ethernet APL can even be used with the former 2-wire fieldbus installations. PN/PS with Ethernet APL, much faster than any fieldbus, allows wide area integration of many more devices with higher information accessibility.

Certification guarantees PN/PS device interoperability. With strong industry focus, PI has always considered long-term compatibility.

HIMA developed PN/PS to fully exploit safety limits for your plant’s maximum efficiency. HIMA Independent Open Integration always adapts to your individual requirements.

For more information visit the HIMA website

Posted on April 15, 2021 - (585 views)
HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH
Albert-Bassermann-Str. 28
68782 Brühl - Germany
View full company profile
More products from this supplier
Fuse and Power Distribution Module
Highly Secure Remote Maintenance in Industrial Environments
Smart Safety Platform
Safety as a Challenge
Onshore and Offshore Safe Networking
Safety system HIQuad
Safety systems ensure
Emergency Shutdown systems
Protect valve stations
Safety system passes Shell’s assessment tests
Related articles
SPS 2021 - the Hybrid Exhibition Highlight
Wireless Systems for IoT Connectivity
Industrial Wireless Routers for IIoT and M2M-Communication
ATEX/CID2 Certified IIoT Gateway
Flow Meters/Controllers With Real-time Ethernet Solution
Distributive IIoT Architecture
Instrumentation Clearly In View
The Built-in OPC UA Capabilities are a Powerful Addition to the FDT Server
Deep Learning Inspection App for Vision Sensors
Ethernet Switches for Field Applications
Shaping the Future of Process Industries
PCNE Offers You a Free Ticket to Hannover Messe: Scan the QR-Code.
Our Solutions, as Individual as You.
Transformation is Everywhere.
Always Working When You Need It.
Offering Diversity. Ensuring Protection. Perfecting Performance.
Always working when you need it
Hitting top Quartile Means Liberating Data to Flow as Freely
as Your Production
SPS IPC Drives - Smart and Digital Automation: 27 – 29 November 2018, Nuremberg, Germany
Room for new Perspectives
MODBUS Transmitter With Dual Universal Inputs
Easy to Install Gas Detection Solution
Wearable Camera & Thermal Imager
Modular Wireless IoT Solution
Redundant I/O-Link Master
Multigas Probe for Measurement of Methane, Carbon Dioxide and Humidity
Piezoresistive Pressure Transmitters
BLE-Beacon Technology
Technology Transfer for New Medicine Accelerated
Laser Gas Detection Modules
Distributive IIoT Architecture
Shaping the Future—the Ethernet-APL Field Switch
From Buffalo Mozzarella to Green Energy
Efficient Supply and Transport of Goods
Flameless Venting
Looking Forward to.... 2017 HANNOVER MESSE
Torque Sensors and maXYmos TL Monitors
Air Operated Hoists Profi TI
Facing the Challenge: Modern Teleservice and Telecontrol
Explosion Protection and Process Safety