The Smart Product Manager’s Guide to Industrial Automation Connectivity

Paperback – March 2021

by John S. Rinaldi

Learn what your products need in the ever-changing world of the digital factory. End the uncertainty of your product road map.


  • Print length: 83 pages
  • Language: ‎English
  • Publication date: March 31, 2021
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.19 x 9 inches
  • Item weight: 6.4 ounces

Connecting Your Factory Floor
Are you an industrial automation product manager struggling to understand your manufacturing customers – what connectivity solutions they need, where digital manufacturing is headed and how best to prepare your products for what lies ahead? If so, this book is for you. And, most importantly, an action plan you can use to best position your company for future success in manufacturing.

The Smart Product Manager’s Guide to Industrial Automation Connectivity

    Inside you’ll find:

  • A list of trends that are driving your manufacturing customers (think IT/OT conversion and Industry 4.0).
  • A short, non-technical explanation of the most important connectivity standards that many of your customers are adopting.
  • A glossary of terms that are specific to manufacturing connectivity that you should know.

What our Customers are Saying

"Industrial automation domain experts – the guys who build a lot of valves, pumps, drives, etc,, and need a way to talk to their devices – will find their Modbus champion in John Rinaldi. The author has almost as much shop floor experience as Modbus itself, the 40 years it’s been (and remains) the sole open source electronic networking protocol for connecting automation systems. John brings his trademark passion for, and quirky treatment of, all things industrial automation, to Modbus in the 21st Century. Internet of Things? OPC UA? All good – but automation engineers for whom small, simple, cheap, fast solutions will suffice will walk away from this book joining John in declaring ‘Hail Modbus! Modbus forever!"

Heather A. / Writer, Editor & Content Strategist

"The very first industrial networks that we included in our Thin Client PLC were Modbus RTU and Modbus TCP. You can’t build a high performance, flexible, factory integration device without supporting Modbus technology. If you’re not familiar with Modbus or want to make sure you understand its history, how it works and where it’s going in the future, you need to read this interesting book. I highly recommend it."

Feisal H. / President and CTO, ARCX, Inc.