Ethernet comes to the field

Measurement performance at the speed of light

Connection made easy!


The first flow measurement devices leading the way

Our first Ethernet-APL solutions for hazardous areas

The digital highway to the factory of the future: Embrace the next level of connectivity with ABB

Ethernet is the most popular computer network we use in everyday life. However, until recently, it could not be employed at the field level in factories in the chemical, oil and gas, and hydrogen industries since the network was not suitable for hazardous locations.

To address this challenge and leverage Ethernet's potential, leading process industry suppliers decided to adapt it to match safety requirements, resulting in the Advanced Physical Layer (APL) for Ethernet.

It enabled equipment connectivity to employ two-cable communication, send power and data simultaneously, and be resistant to potential hazards. This means we can capitalize on Ethernet's power in the factories of the future.

Discover and leverage ABB's first Ethernet-APL devices to measure the flow of liquids, gases and steam

Ethernet-APL provides online access to all meter and application information. Another positive option is the ability to provide online support or firmware upgrade capabilities even in the most remote regions of the world.

Let's work together to bring your chemical, hydrogen or oil and gas plant into a bright future!

The business case for digitization is undisputed

Power over Ethernet

Omits the need for a separate DC power infrastructure - power and comms via the same cable

Secure web server

Allows easy ability to check readings and trouble-shoot problems with no need for tools and drivers to set up the meter

Integrated device verification

Creates a convenient way to check meters via the web and print comprehensive reports

High performance Ethernet switch

Provides redundant connections to the PLC operator panel and also daisy-chain wiring to save installation costs

Leading industrial Ethernet protocols

Enables use of any industrial protocol - from simple Modbus TCP, to high performance EtherNet/IP

EthernetIP, Modbus TCP, Web Browser and Profinet

More data from the device for better decision-making and the best level of process efficiency

Dynamic QR Code

Transfers device health and verification results quickly and remotely to mobile devices

Ready for TSN and secure industrial protocols

Prepares operations for the future, as network convergence will soon be brought down to meters with multiple protocols

Start upgrade 4...20 mA installations

Combines 4...20 mA output and future-proof digital communication at up to 100 Mbit/s for traditional Ethernet and 10/Mbit/s for Ethernet-APL.


What does this mean for you?


PoE uses standard Ethernet cables like a typical network. Special tools, additional electrical outlets, different cables, and expensive hardware are no longer required.


Remote and centralized power, along with scalable solutions, allow flexibility in adapting to the changing needs of an application.

Cost savings

PoE uses off-the-shelf components. Part of an installation from the start or as a later upgrade, PoE needs just one cable, cutting installation efforts in half.

Increased reliability

Centralized power enables back-up solutions with uninterruptible power supply systems. Devices can be remotely powered down during periods of low usage or for security or safety reasons.


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