Manufacturing companies all across the United States use Ethernet switches in their factories. To understand why they do this you first have to know how an Ethernet switch works. An Ethernet switch looks just like the Internet modem that you have in your house, a little box with places for cables and Ethernet wires to go. When a device is connected to the Ethernet switch via a cable then it can communicate with the other devices that are also connected to that same switch. This allows devices, or in the case of factories machines, to communicate with one another, sharing information and data as is needed.
The key reason why they’re so popular in factories is that unlike other types of networking switches, industrial Ethernet switches allow for devices to only share information with one other device that’s connected to them. For most Ethernet switches in factories there are going to be a couple dozen devices all connected to the same switch. The difference here is that instead of one device having to share information with all of other devices that are connected, like has to be done with other types of switches, the device can send information and data to only other device. This allows information to be sent specifically to the device that needs it and no other devices.
Why is this so important in the factory setting? It all has to do with how manufacturing factories work. To think about think of the simplest type of factory: the assembly line. On the assembly line, each individual or machine has one simple task to perform. Once they’re done with their specific task the item moves down the line to the next machine or person who then performs their task. In today’s world, most of the individuals on the assembly line have been replaced by machines. Since machines can’t verbally communicate with one another they have to talk electronically, and they send these electronic messages over a network. Thus, when one machine is done with its specific job it will send a message to the next machine saying it’s its turn to get to work. In factories, this message sending is done via an Ethernet switch. Such switches allow one machine to communicate directly with another machine, the next machine on the line, without having to send that information to all of the other machines.
If Ethernet switches didn’t exist then machines would just be sending information all over the place. Machines would be receiving information from other machines that had nothing to do with their specific job, and they would become confused. This is why Ethernet switches, like those provided by Westward Sales, are so important: They allow machines to communicate only with the machine they need to be communicating with. Their existence is precisely why so many companies have been able to cut their bottom line by automating all of their manufacturing processes, and it’s something that simply wouldn’t be possible if machines weren’t able to communicate directly via Ethernet switches.