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Posted by: Greg Conary on March 22, 2017

It’s become quite clear that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the future of industry. By now we’ve well and truly covered the point that IIoT is, in fact, not hype.

For end users and OEMs, the IIoT, cloud and big data analytics are creating very real business opportunities. IIoT not only enhances the communication between machines and people – it is facilitating the next wave of value-added customized business services.

To read more about the key benefits the IIoT, specifically its impact on the field worker, his boss, the business and its suppliers, read more from guest blogger Greg Conary. Greg is senior vice president of strategy at Schneider Electric, a Belden partner. Here, he shares his perspective on what this can mean for you.

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Posted by: Ute Decker on March 15, 2017

While they don’t look like traditional industrial settings, outdoor sporting venues face similar harsh, environmental conditions to utility and manufacturing sites. The similarities don’t end there. The communication in these stadiums is also considered mission-critical – ensuring patrons not only have an enjoyable experience during the game, but that they enter the arena in a systematic, timely and safe manner.

To accommodate the growing numbers of fans at sporting events, stadiums need a fast, reliable and robust network communication structure that can operate under harsh conditions, such as extreme temperatures and exposure to moisture, noise and vibration. The ability of sporting venues to withstand these conditions, while also quickly transferring large quantities of data, is critical for avoiding long lines, improving visitor safety and seamlessly broadcasting the games to viewers worldwide.

Belden recently worked with VfB Stuttgart, one of the largest soccer stadiums in Germany, to upgrade its communication infrastructure for better control of the entire sporting facility.

Read this case study to discover how this type of industrial automation can help enhance data speed and reliability.

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Posted by: Industrial IT Team on March 08, 2017

As more factory machines are connected through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), companies could soon run into a major problem. The promise of improved productivity from these connected machines producing more data requires additional power and space on the factory floor.

You’ve probably felt this shift; more and more of your machines are connected, your data volumes are rising and you have even more pressure to increase productivity.

That’s why the M12 L-coded Power Connectors have been selected by the PROFINET User Organization as the new standard for 24-volt power supply systems used in PROFINET devices.

Read more to find out what this new standard will mean for you.

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Posted by: Jeff Lund on March 01, 2017

Wireless technology is a part of daily life. Odds are, you’re reading this very blog post on a smartphone, laptop or tablet connected to Wi-Fi, right? Before that, you likely checked your email, favorite news sites or other sources of information without giving a second thought.

It’s true, the days of landlines and DSL have largely disappeared from our daily lives.

But I’d venture to guess that if you are reading this in an office setting – on a desktop computer or a docked laptop – you are still “plugged-in” to a wired internet connection.

In an age where you can turn your home thermostat up while you’re sitting miles away in your office, why are businesses so hesitant to take advantage of these advances, especially in industrial settings? Read more to find out.

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Posted by: Richard Weatherburn on February 15, 2017

The transportation industry has the unique position of directly engaging with its customers (the passengers) and keeping them happy and safe. Any delays or downtime not only lead to lost revenue, but a trickle-down effect of annoyed travellers.

Do you have nightmares about train delays, safety issues or interrupted passenger services? Whether you oversee the overall operations of a railway or you’re in charge of specifying a new or upgraded vehicle or application – the reliability of the railway communication network rests on your shoulders.

No matter your role in building out a proper Ethernet network, it can be easy to fall into the trap of focusing your attention on the “shiny” or more exciting devices, like switches and routers. But, if the last thing that comes to mind is your cabling – you need to reconsider your priorities. Click the “read more” button below to find out why.

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Posted by: Marco Reichenbacher on February 08, 2017

Are you feeling the pressure of increasing production demands from your manufacturing facility? You’re definitely not alone.

We hear this as a top concern when we talk to industrial manufacturers worldwide. And since these demands will only continue to increase, industrial automation efforts become even more important for finding new efficiencies while increasing quality.

One way we’re seeing companies address these demands is through driverless transport systems, called automated guided vehicles (AGVs), specifically wireless AGVs.

Read more to find out about wireless AGVs and how they are impacting the future of industrial automation.

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Posted by: Rene Hummen on February 01, 2017

If you follow new trends and technologies in automation and communication, you’ve likely been hearing a lot about time sensitive networking (TSN). But, since it’s a relatively new technology, have you been wondering, “what is TSN?” and “why does it matter to my company?”

As you may have read in this previous post about TSN, this new technology transforms standard Ethernet from an “I’ll get it there as soon as I can” communications technology to one that provides timing guarantees for mission-critical applications.

Now, you can achieve an entirely new level of determinism in IEEE 802.1 and IEEE 802.3 Ethernet networks. Click “read more” below to find out what TSN means for the future of Ethernet Networks and how it actually works.

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Posted by: Industrial IT Team on January 11, 2017

This year was important in many ways. It was the year that saw BREXIT upend the EU, a historic presidential election, a major DoS on the global internet and many technological advances in the industrial space. While time will tell how the industrial market responds in 2017, now is the perfect opportunity to take a look back on the biggest trends, topics and products that were important to you in 2016.

If you didn’t get a chance to read our blog each week, it’s not too late. We’ve compiled a list of the posts our readers found most helpful in the past year. From IIoT and smart factories to cable testing and selection, check out what our experts had to share.

Read more for a summary of Belden’s top five industrial Networking blogs of 2016.

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