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Posted by: on November 05, 2014

What is the No. 1 concern when it comes to wireless solutions in the industrial world? While the answer might be debatable, it often comes down to one of two things – is it reliable enough, and can I secure it?

Approaching this concern from another direction, have you considered whether wireless is more secure or less secure than a wired network?

Before you dismiss this as a crazy question, think about this:

• Passwords generally aren’t needed to plug a wired PC into a router and get onto the network, but they are required to connect to a wireless network.

• Data does not have to be encrypted on wired networks, but it is 95% of the time for wireless networks, even using just their most basic and common configurations.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on October 29, 2014

The drive for productivity and high-availability manufacturing means you likely don’t have the time you would like to learn new things - even if doing so would ultimately save you time. In addition, you may be relatively new to industrial Ethernet networking and the equipment that comes with it.

If this is the case, you might be surprised to learn of the capabilities in managed switches, such as the Hirschmann RSP family, that make getting a switch up and running fast and easy.

Today, I am going to walk you through how to use features built into switches to speed up their commissioning and deployment. With only the time it takes to read this article, you will be able to make switches operational much faster next time.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on October 15, 2014

If you are a controls or process engineer you will have noticed the direct involvement of IT while designing and deploying industrial Ethernet. While the networks and technologies come together easily, the language, culture and standard practices used by IT are very different. Indeed, they often pose a significant problem in a production environment.

If you are an IT professional working in a production environment you’ve probably run into a ton of resistance and anxiety from others based on perceived differences. Take heart, your skills are still valuable and may just require a few new twists and tweaks.

In today’s article I hope to bring some understanding to both sides so that you can work together to better meet your company’s common goals.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Brian Oulton on October 01, 2014

No matter where your organization is on the path of adopting industrial Ethernet, it is likely that unmanaged switches play a role in directing traffic on your network. Perhaps your team waited for the early adopters of Ethernet to iron the kinks out or you recently invested in your first system because of supplier or management demands.

On the other hand, you may have a robust industrial Ethernet infrastructure that has unmanaged switches on its fringes or in smaller networks.

In any of these scenarios, ease-of-use and low cost were likely the factors that led to the selection of unmanaged switches.

I am writing today to let you know about a new category of industrial Ethernet switches, lightly managed switches. These devices offer the same simplicity as unmanaged switches and are very reasonably priced – but with additional features that make sure your networks are running at peak performance.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on September 03, 2014

If your mailbox is filling up with information on mobile apps and tablet solutions but you don’t believe that industrial wireless technology is dependable enough, I have news for you. New advances in technology and standards mean that the number one concern about it – reliability – has been completely overcome.

Questions such as:
• Will it work in my noisy environment?
• Will it be robust enough to ensure my data makes it to its destination?
• Can it ever provide me with the assurance I need that it is stable enough?

can now all be answered with a resounding “Yes”.

Furthermore, there is an easy way to learn all about what’s new and even get hands-on experience using the latest wireless technologies. All you need to do is block out three to four days to attend an event we are holding this fall in Houston, Texas (Sept. 21-24).

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on August 20, 2014

Many businesses in industrial settings – including food and beverage, energy, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and more – are feeling pressure to trim costs and improve margins. As a result, we’ve seen an explosion in connected systems that automate processes and increase productivity. While these systems have been a boon for many businesses, the extreme and hazardous conditions of many industrial environments present significant new challenges for reliability and maintenance.

The high-intensity shock and vibrations, extreme temperatures and powerful chemical agents of many industrial settings can wreak havoc on the cord sets and cabling components used to enable connected, automated systems – leading to increased maintenance costs, or worse, unplanned downtime.

That’s where wash-down cord sets – an emerging category of ruggedized cables and connectors – can help. Wash-down cord sets are designed to withstand the harshest industrial conditions, helping to protect against unplanned system downtime while driving down maintenance and repair costs.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on August 06, 2014

From subsea drilling 6,000 feet below the surface to pipelines that cross many landscapes to intense refining processes, the range of conditions for oil and gas installations is very broad. As a design engineer, you may be involved with many types of projects with very different requirements. How then do you approach selecting the right cable for an oil and gas application?

The good news is that despite the broad range of oil and gas applications many of them share common cable requirements. In this article we take away the voodoo and spell out the 3 easy steps to selecting the right cable.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on July 16, 2014

Texans have a well-earned reputation for being some of the friendliest and most welcoming folks in the country. So as a Texan let me extend a big Texas-size welcome and invite you to attend this year’s Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure Design Seminar to be held in Houston Sept. 21-24.

The seminar is all about learning practical, no-nonsense, “I can use this immediately when I get back on the job” tips to improve your Ethernet network design skills.

Read on to find out about the overall seminar and then I’ll provide a few words about a new part of the seminar dedicated to what Houston is known for—oil and gas.

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