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Posted by: Industrial IT Team on June 26, 2012

Last month, we introduced how the Smart Grid has provided an opportunity for power utilities to rethink their operating strategies and come up with innovative ways to integrate the new and the old in order to position themselves for the future. We then described the first two lessons that can be applied to any industrial networking system: Plan for scalable bandwidth to handle the steadily increasing demand for data AND Explore heavier-duty switches and routers to support expanding demands for more equipment attachments.

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Posted by: Industrial IT Team on June 19, 2012

This blog post was contributed by Mary Peters, a marketing intern for our industrial networking solutions division.

With the recent series of cyber attacks, including the high profile Stuxnet worm and the more recent Flame malware, industries must be more diligent than ever in providing safeguards against future attacks. As is evident in these cases, industries are becoming the bullseye for attackers, especially within the energy industry. While not every industrial network will be the target of such attacks, everyone is susceptible to security risks on some level, whether it is accidental security breaches by employees or low-level targeted tasks. The obscure nature of PLCs alone is no longer enough to keep an industrial network secure.

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Posted by: Industrial IT Team on June 12, 2012

As one global automotive parts manufacturer (GAPM) was planning a long term strategy for its production lines and their networks, it selected EtherNet/IP as the preferred protocol. EtherNet/IP best fit the company's criteria of high speeds, performance, and expansion. Additionally, EtherNet/IP was compatible with the firm's existing IT infrastructure and networking standards. In order to get the continuous operation and performance they required, the GAPM team chose industrial-grade networking components for plant floor controls networks--where interruptions and failures are not an option!

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Posted by: Industrial IT Team on June 06, 2012

With the recent proliferation of cyber attacks, it has become increasingly clear that no business or industry is safe from attack. It is well documented that cyber security threats continue to rise. While these threats once seemed to be mostly limited to attempts to access financial data, recent data indicates that cyber attacks now cut across all business sectors. Security vendor Symantec recently revealed that 75% of enterprises on a global basis witnessed some form of cyber attack during 2009.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on May 29, 2012

This blog builds upon the recent Intro to PoE & How It Can Help Your Industrial Network post and looks at some choices in building an industrial Ethernet network that supports PoE.

PoE is having important repercussions for industrial applications. The simplicity of combining signal and power in one Ethernet cable connection contributes to the already-rapid transition to Ethernet-based industrial control systems. Wireless access devices, IP phones, surveillance cameras, and a growing number of specialty devices are available, demonstrating how PoE can help solve industrial information and control systems applications problems in innovative ways. PoE industrial sensor and controller devices are now available. While the available power in a PoE-connected device is generally limited to about 13 watts, the vast majority of modern industrial sensors take less than 10 watts. It may soon be possible to power a full SCADA system from ports on Ethernet switches, along with non-traditional devices such as phones and cameras and PCs. PoE offers the potential for an economical standards-based high-performance industrial network far beyond what is available today.

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Posted by: Industrial IT Team on May 22, 2012

The UTC Expo kicked off today in Orlando, FL. GarrettCom, Belden, and Hirschmann products were on display at our booth #529.

There was strong interest in serial to Ethernet connectivity products. A number of booth visitors mentioned that while they have seen and experienced the migration to Ethernet in the substation, there is still an enormous need to connect to the legacy serial infrastructure. To that end, GarrettCom's Magnum DX line—in particular, the smaller DX40 Serial Device Router as well as the DX940 Configurable Cellular Router generated significant interest. For the larger products, the new Magnum "10-series" with its mix of serial and Ethernet in the 10ETS Ethernet Terminal Server and 10XTS Router Terminal Server was well received.

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Posted by: Michelle Foster on May 22, 2012

ITS America 2012 – Day One was a great start to the three day event. We had a lot of interested parties and it was exciting for me to get to talk to them about our end-to-end industrial Ethernet solutions.

It was also a great learning experience. I was able to see Sven Burkard, our industrial networking solutions manager and Steve Bowles, our southeast regional manager for our GarrettCom product line, in action. Their knowledge of our Ethernet products and how they can benefit the transportation industry is impressive.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on May 16, 2012

To save costs in the planning, wiring and installation of networks, the Power over Ethernet (PoE) process was developed and standardized under IEEE 802.3af. Just as its name suggests, devices that support PoE such as video cameras, access control devices, and VoIP phones are supplied with power directly via the data cable. No additional electrical wiring is needed! PoE makes the network planning flexible and independent of switch cabinets and sockets. There are no extra costs for the electricity and telephone network (VoIP) wiring.

Traditional power lines supplying AC power simply are not always practical. Networked cameras and access control devices are often located in places where traditional power outlets and cabling are difficult to install or simply unavailable. PoE simplifies the installation and operation, keeping the cabling secure while not interfering with the network operation.

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