Hot plugging

Hot plugging refers to connecting or disconnecting nodes from a network without compromising network functionality or having to reboot in order to use added or replaced nodes.

POWERLINK provides unlimited support for hot plugging. Upgrades or replacing devices locally does not impair real-time performance, and it is not necessary to reboot the system. This makes it possible for operators to replace sensors or add mechatronic units without having to shut down the network first – a basic prerequisite for using the protocol in the process industry or in modular machinery and plants.