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Electronics 2018, 7(9), 194;

Empirical Analysis of the Communication in Industrial Environment Based on G3-Power Line Communication and Influences from Electrical Grid

Department of Electronic, Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR), Av. Monteiro Lobato, km 04 s/n, Ponta Grossa 84016-210, Brazil
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Received: 3 July 2018 / Revised: 19 August 2018 / Accepted: 30 August 2018 / Published: 11 September 2018
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This paper presents a performance analysis based on a practical approach of narrowband communication through power lines (Power Line Communication—PLC) to the last-mile industrial environment. A kit for developing PLC based applications, in accordance with the G3-PLC standard, was used for the analysis. Experimental tests and results are presented for different scenarios of noise to represent a last-mile industrial environment. The influence of noise insertion in the PLC channel is presented turned on and off a set of inverters and motors, in order to verify the influence of these elements on the performance of the evaluated communication. As a comparative basis, the maximum standard transmission distance of the AS-Interface industrial network standard was used. This standard is widely used in industrial environments for communication between factory floor sensors and actuators. The propose for last-mile to Industry 4.0 can be considered with the results in applications with a large number of sensors. Recommendations regarding the modulation technique and data packet size are presented. Based in this analysis, it can be concluded that the G3-PLC communication standard and its ROBO modulation technique meet the requirements of being used mainly in the last-mile industrial communication, mainly for industrial supervision or control applications where response time is not critical. The last point empirically analyzed concluded that the insertion of the inductive impedance can severely affect the transmission is inserted into the side of the PLC modem transmitter. View Full-Text
Keywords: Power Line Communication; industrial networks; G3-PLC; fieldbus Power Line Communication; industrial networks; G3-PLC; fieldbus

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Da Rocha Farias, L.; Monteiro, L.F.; Leme, M.O.; Stevan, S.L., Jr. Empirical Analysis of the Communication in Industrial Environment Based on G3-Power Line Communication and Influences from Electrical Grid. Electronics 2018, 7, 194.

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