Ethernet-APL for the process automation industry

One cable. More opportunities.

  • by ABB Ltd
  • June 11, 2024
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  • Ethernet-APL for the process automation industry
    Ethernet-APL for the process automation industry

Simplifying the installation, configuration and maintenance of instrumentation equipment are priorities for every plant owner.

Ethernet-APL addresses the challenges of using traditional Ethernet in today’s industrial automation environments. Carrying high-speed process and diagnostic data plus power over long cable runs, it’s a great fit for plant operators. And with intrinsic safety built in, Ethernet-APL is the compelling choice for connecting field devices in hazardous environments such as chemical, oil and gas facilities.

  • Orders of magnitude faster than HART and Fieldbus
  • Single twisted pair of conductors in a shielded cable carries power, data and diagnostics
  • 1km maximum trunk length exceeds regular Ethernet by factor of ten
  • Intrinsic safety, including profile to eliminate risk of electrical sparking
  • Works with PROFINET, OPC UA and Ethernet/IP protocols


ABB’s white paper explains how Ethernet-APL opens up exciting opportunities for gathering and relaying data in process automation applications, especially in combination with widely adopted PROFINET and FDI technologies.

Read the whitepaper on the benefits of Ethernet-APL for the process industries.