Network Devices

Networks & Communications

HESCO offers network solutions to connect your automation products to each other and to the rest of your enterprise. We can help you select the best network architecture and provide you with design and implementation guidance. We offer a wide variety of devices, communication interfaces, physical media and connecting products to help you get the most out of your control system.

EtherNet/IP Network

EtherNet/IP Network The EtherNet/IP™ Network provides plant-wide network systems using open, industry-standard networking technologies. It enables real-time control and information in discrete, continuous process, batch, safety, drive, motion, and high availability applications. The EtherNet/IP network connects devices such as motor starters and sensors to controllers and HMI devices and on into the enterprise. It supports non-industrial and industrial communications on a common network infrastructure.

ControlNet Network

ControlNet Network The ControlNet™ network is an open control network that meets the demands of real-time, high-throughput applications. ControlNet supports controller to controller interlocking and real-time control of I/O, drives and valves. It also provides control networking in discrete and process applications including high-availability applications.

DeviceNet Network

DeviceNet Network The DeviceNet™ Network provides open, device-level control and information networking for simple industrial devices. It supports communication between sensors and actuators and higher-level devices such as programmable controllers and computers. With power and signal in a single cable, it offers simple and cost-effective wiring options.

Industrial Ethernet Switches and Media

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For real-time control and information flow throughout the manufacturing and IT enterprise, Rockwell Automation offers a full portfolio of industrial Ethernet switches and media, featuring a line of managed switches integrated with Cisco technology. The portfolio contains many popular features that are in use today by IT and Controls organizations that deploy standard, unmodified Ethernet with settings optimized for use in EtherNet/IP applications.

Stratix switch products include Stratix 8000/8300™ Modular Managed Switches, Stratix 6000™ Fixed Managed Switches, Stratix 5700™ Managed Switches, and Stratix 2000™ Unmanaged Switches. Embedded switch technology is available in various Rockwell Automation products to enable ring and linear topologies.

See the following for more information:

  • EtherNet/IP Embedded Switch Technology Application Guide, publication ENET-AP005
  • EtherNet/IP Media Planning and Installation Manual, available from
  • Additional resources, such as design guides, white papers, and presentations, are available at Converged Plantwide EtherNet Architectures

Select the switch depending on the application and environment.

If your application Select
• Requires Layer 3 routing (Stratix 8300 only)
• Integrates enterprise and manufacturing environments
• Manages multicast traffic
• Requires diagnostics data
• Requires security options
Stratix 8000 and 8300 Modular Managed Switches
• Integrates plant floor devices
• Manages multicast traffic
• Requires diagnostics data
• Requires security options
Stratix 6000 Switches
• Is of compact size
• Is Logix based
• Requires Layer 2 routing
• Requires an easy set-up and user-friendly feature set and operator interface
Stratix 5700 Switches
• Requires easy set-up and direct replacement of switches
• Is a small, isolated network
Stratix 2000 Switches
• Requires multiple Ethernet topologies
• Requires high performance resilient networks
• Requires diagnostic data
Embedded Switch Technology

Process Instrumentation Networks

Process Instrumentation Networks Process Instrumentation Networks provide communication between process instruments and the process control system. We offer integrated PlantPAx™ Process Automation System support for instruments on HART and the FOUNDATION™ fieldbus. Our Encompass™ Partners provide expanded support for Profibus PA, as well as Modbus and other networks. Endress+Hauser and other partners now offer process instruments that connect to EtherNet/IP™ networks to support this growing trend.

Wireless Solutions

Wireless Solutions Wireless networking is quickly becoming a key part of the comprehensive control and information infrastructure. We support industry-standard wireless networking technologies throughout Integrated Architecture™ systems and offer delivery via our Network and Security Services team. Our wireless solutions meet a broad range of application needs including outdoor, real-time indoor, and low-power process instrumentation.

Other Industrial Networks

Other Industrial Networks We support a variety of other industrial automation networks, providing the flexibility to connect new applications with existing applications on networks such as Data Highway Plus, DH-485, Universal Remote I/O and SERCOS II. We also provide in-chassis connectivity to many other networks through Encompass™ Partner products.

Gateway & Linking Devices

Gateway & Linking Devices We offer a range of Gateway and Linking Devices to connect one network technology to another. Additional linking devices are available through our Encompass™ Partners.




ProSoft Technology® specializes in the development of communication solutions compatible with the large automation suppliers’ controllers such as Rockwell Automation®. The primary focus is to provide connectivity solutions that link dissimilar automation products. ProSoft Technology provides field proven connectivity and communication solutions that bridge between various automation products as seamlessly as if they were all from the same supplier.

Prosoft offers a family of Rockwell Automation In-Chassis communication and convertor solutions. Products cover the entire Allen-Bradley PLC line including:

  • CompactLogix
  • ControlLogix
  • SLC


Rockwell Automation Solutions:
Hundreds of modules for Platforms such as ControlLogix, CompactLogix, PLC, SLC, and Flex I/O product lines. Protocols include Modbus, Modbus TCP/IP, HART, PROFIBUS, ASCII and IEC 60870 among many others.

Stand-alone protocol gateways provide communication between several of the leading industrial protocols for Serial, Ethernet, EtherNet/IP Modbus Plus, Modbus TCP/IP, PROFIBUS, A-B Remote I/O, HART, Honeywell DE, Metasys, LONworks, BACnet MS/TP or BACnet IP.

Wireless Solutions:
Whatever your wireless network designs may be, ProSoft Technology provides a full line of industrial wireless products, accessories and technical expertise to assist you. Wireless engineering services such as computerized path planning analysis are also available.

Network Repeaters/Extenders Solutions:
Repeaters/extenders that boost signal levels, allowing longer cable lengths, longer trunk lines, and longer drop lines without sacrificing network speed. Protocols include DeviceNet , CANopen, and SAEJ1939.
ProSoft Software was developed with the user in mind. Available software includes: ProSoft Configuration Builder, DeviceNet Analyzer,ProSoft WirelessN Discovery tool, ProSoft i-View, Mobile Apps, RadioLinx IH Browser ,RadioLinx ControlScape, AFC Manager, PROFIBUS DPV1 Master FDT communication DTM, PROSOFT.fdt, RadioLinx OPC.


Panduit ZoneNetwork Infrastructure Products


Panduit provides cabinet, rack and cable management systems for data centers, telecommunications equipment rooms, and enterprise cabling applications. SmartZone™  intelligent patch panels and  fiber trays bring real-time physical layer management to the network for improved reliability, security, and increased overall network management efficiency.

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