I visited a manufacturer customer recently (I’ll refrain from mentioning their name to protect the guilty – you’ll see in a moment) and received a tour from their IT lead for the manufacturing plant. He was gracious enough to let me take these photos:
He explained to me that he was asked to implement a network infrastructure to gather plant data and deliver them to various internal customers (finance, logistics, supply chain, engineering). He worked with his Operations and Manufacturing Engineering peers to determine where the “nodes” of data concentrators were, then he plumbed Ethernet to each of them. With some of the limitations of Ethernet (e.g., 100 meter drop lengths) and limitations of the physical plant itself (e.g., conduit & cable tray capacity), he implemented four Ethernet switch cabinets (two of which are in the photos) to collect the data from about 50 nodes each and home run fiber links to his on-site control room.
Navigating through GarrettCom’s breadth of products—from managed and unmanaged Ethernet switches to routers, terminal servers, and media converters can be daunting. The recently released GarrettCom Product Selection Guide will help you to navigate through the products to help you focus on the best choice for your application. This 12 page guide highlights areas such as how many and what type of ports each product features, what temperature the product is best suited for, and what certifications the product has.
The Product Selection Guide can help to get you started as you consider environmental factors including ingress protection ratings, specific test compliances, convection cooling, and conformal coating.
Configurability might be another product consideration. How many fiber or copper ports or available? Which AC and DC power options are available? How can you mount the product?
Baby Boomers are retiring, we've gone through tough economic times and companies that are rebounding have very conservative rehire policies. In this video, I discuss the difficulty of quickly developing domain experts and my plan for successfully staffing your industrial company.
The International Security Conference (ISC) will take place November 28-29th at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Hundreds of security companies will be exhibiting. Belden will be there in Booth 542 and show off its latest networking products for secure, efficient networks. GarrettCom, Hirschmann, and Belden brand products will be featured in the booth.
The show is particularly beneficial for IT or Physical Security Systems Integrators as well as dealers/installers, consultants/specifiers, and end users of physical security products. In terms of networking, in recent years, the breadth and uniqueness of the GarrettCom line of Power over Ethernet (PoE) products generated quite a bit of interest as did the Hirschmann IP67 Octopus line. Of course, the breadth and reliability of Belden industrial cables for security applications has also helped tie the networking solution together in recent security shows.
Recently, a nuclear power generation plant installed the FLIR Thermal Fence as part of its perimeter security. Plant managers also wanted to enhance the networking in the facility with a series of hardened Ethernet switches. Many of the switches would be located outdoors and needed to be able to withstand extreme temperatures.
The switches also needed to be fitted with a variety of port types. The switches were required to have fiber and Gigabit configurability. Some of the switches were to be located at the core of the facility and required Gigabit ports for the data and video traffic. The switches would be connected in rings which would provide fault recovery. Additionally, the switches, all of which would be managed, needed to have software with security and redundancy features, and support for large numbers of VLANs.
Recently, Belden released the new Lumberg Automation M12 shielded railway connectors. One of the keys in providing reliable, uninterrupted networking for rail applications has always been the ability of the products to stand up to shock and vibration. These new M12 connectors are up to the task. Not only do they meet IEC61373 (shock and vibration) but also key railway standards EN 50155, and DIN CLC/TS 50467.
The connectors can be combined with either the Hirschmann OCTOPUS Industrial Ethernet switches or the GarrettCom 6KM Switches as well as Belden railway cables for cost-effective end-to-end solution. There are a variety of applications suitable for these connectors, including networking control modules for doors and air conditioning in trains. The shielded railway connectors can also be used in combination with IP cameras or infotainment systems.
Regarded by many in the industry as the premier automation event, the upcoming Rockwell Automation Fair, November 7-8 in Philadelphia includes a series of forums, technical sessions, workshops and hands-on labs designed to help you improve performance, leverage your automation investments and increase profitability.