IPCs and network technology

The repertoire of PRODOC Translations also includes technical translations in the fields of IPCs and network technology.

Overview of IPCs and network technology

IPC stands for Industry Personal Computer and is the industrial counterpart to the commonly known personal computer or PC which is found in the majority of households and offices.

Network technology is generally used for the networking of electronic systems.

The world’s biggest and most well-known network is the Internet – however, so-called Intranets for companies and networks for automating industry production have become increasingly important, particularly in the last decade.

Modern Industrial Automation, including the Internet of Things, like many other areas such as mobile telephony, would be inconceivable without network technology.

PRODOC references in the field of IPCs and network technology

  • PRODOC customers

    We are proud to have the following companies as our customers in the area of IPCs and network technology:


    ads-tec GmbH - IPCs and green energy storage systems

    KEBA - industrial automation, banking automation, logistics, electromobility

    Network technology:

    Bihl + Wiedemann - bus components, controllers, safety systems, AS-interface devices and software

    MOXA - network technology

    Traceability software:

    iTAC Software AG - traceability software

    PROFINET solutions

    AIT SOLUTIONS - PROFINET service provider

  • PRODOC services

    Technical Translation of product information for all important components of the IPCs and Network Technology sector, such as gateways, routers, switches, and access points is our most important service.

    We translate technical information regarding network products from German or English into all of the important industry languages.

    Particularly in this information technology-related area, our repertoire usually includes Software Localization into the languages of the anticipated users.

Network technology overview

  • Without network technology, which makes communication possible between as many components of a production system as possible via Bus Systems, the essentially automated production of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things would be inconceivable.
    Of course, the technology of networks like this is not just the basis for modern Industrial Automation.
    As the technical basis of the Internet, it has long since been present in the majority of private households.
    Communication within networks takes place using so-called protocols. The most well-known examples are TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) and IP (Internet Protocol), which are used for the Internet.

  • Technical translation for AS-Interface

    Technical translation for CANopen

    Technical translation for IO-Link

    Technical translation for PROFIBUS/PROFINET

  • Bus couplers

    WLAN - Network technology

  • A large number of different protocols are used in industrial applications. An example is PROFINET, which is a TCP/IP based further development of PROFIBUS.

    The PI organization takes care of both and also supervises other important network technologies: PROFIsafe, PROFIdrive & Encoder, PROFIenergy and even IO-Link.

  • There are, of course, other specialized network technologies such as, e.g., AS-interface for safety at work or CANopen that is based on the CAN standard for the automotive industry.

    During our technical translation work, we are confronted with these technologies on a daily basis and we also define efficient workflows in order to directly translate the corresponding configuration files. An example can be found in our post regarding the Translation of IODD files.

Network architecture and transmission technology

  • The two most important criteria of successful network technology are network architecture and the transmission technology.

    Ethernet is usually used in the majority of local company and home networks, whereby copper or fiber-optic cables are used if no wireless technology is implemented.

    The popular WLAN and mobile radio networks of our everyday lives are commonly used wireless technologies.

  • In critical systems in which security plays a crucial role, such as in the automotive or the financial sector, so-called token ring technology is often used in which token packets are used to determine which system can transmit for how long and the amount of data that can be transmitted.

Hardware components of network technology

As well as passive components such as cables and antennas, active components are also required for a functioning network. These include gateways, routers, switches and access points. These components can also be partially implemented in virtual form.

Overview of IPCs

  • In the majority of cases, an IPC is basically comparable with a PC from a structural point of view.
    However, it fulfills completely different tasks.

    In many cases, IPCs are a constituent of larger systems in which multiple IPCs and all kinds of other devices may communicate with each other.

    It is important for an IPC to have a robust design

    IPCs also have to fulfill greater hardware and software demands.
    IPCs are expected to withstand strong external influences without damage, since entire production processes depend on them, among other things.
    IPC failures must be avoided if possible, because they can cause major financial losses.
    Accordingly, IPCs are also usually much more expensive than the mass-produced PCs for everyday requirements.
    The industrial environment, be it in a production hall or even outdoors, is basically on the harsh side, and the electronics of an IPC must be significantly better protected than those of a PC.
    IPCs must also be specially shielded against electromagnetic interference.


    An IPC must be as easy to maintain as possible. Ideally, maintenance work on the hardware should not be necessary, because loss of production has to be avoided.

    Stable software

    The software of IPCs must also fulfill important criteria. For example, IPC systems must run stably for as long as possible.
    A crash can bring the entire production operation to a standstill, which could cost a tremendous amount of money.

    Real-time capability

    In some cases IPCs must also process data in real time and be integrated into the existing network.

    User friendliness

    The operation of an IPC is also an important issue. Particularly if companies operate internationally, it is important for industrial enterprises to optimize communication and documentation. High-quality Software localization and Technical Documentation such as that which is provided by PRODOC Translations are particularly in demand for the IPC sector.

  • IPCs - Terminal

    Panel IPC

    Industrial PCs for special applications

    Cyber security


Product groups

We have expert knowledge in the following product groups of the IPC and Network Technology sector:

News from our customer Bihl+Wiedemann in the network technology sector:

Building automation using AS-i at Bihl+Wiedemann