The Road to Plug and Produce

White Paper Belden

In this White Paper:

  • Why Plug-and-Produce is important in addressing challenges of increased global competition & enabling applications for Industrie 4.0 & IIoT
  • Design field-level Plug-and-Produce systems including example schematic
  • Implementation pitfalls to avoid
  • Evolution of Distributed Control Units (DCUs) including their use as edge-cloud controllers
  • New compact field-level devices designed to meet the needs of today and tomorrow


“Approximately 80% of discrete control is expected to migrate to field-level with Industrie 4.0 and IIoT.”

“Advances in DCU design present both physical and digital system benefits–seeking to eliminate the limitaitons of each.”

“For years, legacy systems were built on proprietary technologies that put limits on integration, product selection and implementation. These limits have steered product development to align more closely with industry standards in an attempt to create an avenue for interoperability–setting the stage for more progress.”

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