In a few short years, the flat panel display (FPD) has become a standard part of everyday life, with every family owning several in their home. This has lead to production of LCD panels becoming one of the key industries in the Asian consumer electronics business. To meet the ever-increasing demand, highly automated, interconnected manufacturing plants are dependent on high performance networks to satisfy the global need for TVs, computer screens, phone displays and dozens of other portable device types. Throughout the industry, the only open gigabit industrial Ethernet, CC‑Link IE, has become a de-facto standard. It allows vast quantities of data to be shared across an enterprise in real time, maximizing yields and productivity.