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Posted by: Michelle Foster on February 21, 2013

Editor's Note: This blog is authored by Olaf Schilperoort and was originally posted on our EMEA blog.

The newest generation of wireless LAN (WLAN) not only brings higher data speeds, but also provides an innovative wireless interface that has been specially designed for use in automation. Here’s the story behind it!

When setting up a reliable wireless network, there is plenty of hardware around that is adequately vibration-resistant, waterproof, well-suited to long-term use, and which fulfills all the relevant standards. But, despite all this, WLANs still don’t always operate as well as they should.

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Posted by: Brian Oulton on February 19, 2013

Editor’s Note: This is the final post of a five-part series.

At its annual ITxpo in October, Gartner predicted that manufacturing will spend more than $3.7 trillion on technologyimprovements in 2013. By 2015, that figure is expected to grow to $4 trillion.

Rapid growth in technology is dramatically changing the way manufacturers do business. Innovative technologies, like the iPad and other mobile devices, are providing greater mobility on the factory floor?helping IT and operations departments get their jobs done.

Asset optimization and increased collaboration between IT and operations (with the help of these innovative tools) are also driving organizational efficiency, bringing down costs and improving workflow dramatically.

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Posted by: Brian Oulton on February 12, 2013

Editor’s Note: This is part four of a five-part series.

In 2012, poor security enforcement cost the manufacturing industry approximately $6 million a day – tallying up to $20 billion for the year. This includes losses in revenue, brand damage, compliance fines and lost productivity.

When you also take into account costs that are harder to quantify, such as lost intellectual property (IP) or personal injury, the message is clear – you can’t afford the risk associated with ignoring security.

Innovative technologies, while increasing efficiency, have simultaneously introduced new threats of cyber sabotage to the factory floor. The growing sophistication of malicious malware requires advanced hardware protection, especially for targets of cyberattacks aimed at nation states, such as energy, water and transportation systems.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on February 09, 2013

When you consider population growth, economic development, and all of the new technologies requiring electricity, it is really amazing that the electrical power generation, transmission and distribution system has survived for decades with limited intelligence. But the emergence of independent power producers, green power sources and new regulatory regimes is making it imperative to make the grid "smarter".

The grid receives power from a variety of conventional and green power sources. The grid then
distributes this power to industrial, commercial and residential consumers. Power flowing into
the grid must be matched with power outflows as closely as possible on a real-time
continuous basis.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Brian Oulton on February 05, 2013

Editor’s Note: This is part three of a five part series.

Bouncing back from a three-year low, reports show that U.S. manufacturing is steadily on the rise. More interesting than the climbing index, is where organizations are spending their cash. In the U.S. alone, manufacturers spent more than $5.2 billion on technology initiatives for their organizations in 2012.

And while new innovative technologies play a key role in organizational efficiency and advancement, if you’re not built to be inherently agile, you’re going to have a hard time taking advantage.

Organizations need agility: networks that easily expand, accommodate growth and handle transition.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on February 03, 2013

Belden's new HaloarrestXLink LSZH Thermoset Jackets have a lot to offer. These new jackets provide a non-toxic cable solution for many demanding industrial markets including oil and gas, utility and power generation, transportation, petrochemical and mining. The new jackets offer offer optimal oil, abrasion and high temperature resistance using a low smoke zero halogen (LSZH) compound.

The HaloarrestXLink capability can be specified for any 600V Belden instrumentation or control cable. The HaloarrestXLink Jackets will expand Belden's instrumentation and control offerings to address safety concerns in heavy industry.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on February 01, 2013

This week, Belden released the GarrettCom Magnum 10RX Router at the DistribuTECH Convention and Expo. The 10RX is a highly configurable router as well as a security appliance. The substation-hardened 10RX offers advanced layer 3 networking protocols as well as firewall and secure virtual private networking for heavy duty industrial applications.

The product extends the 10-series line with features found in other 10-series products such as dual-hot swap power supplies, advanced thermal techniques, advanced firewall security and a mix of Ethernet, serial, and WAN connectivity. But, the 10RX offers many new innovative features to the line. Configurabilty is further extended with up to ten Gigabit Ethernet ports, 16 T1/E1 ports, or 32 serial connections. The 10RX features new and innovative software--the advanced Industrial Network Operating System (INOS) which supports a wide range of routing protocols including RIP, OSPF, BGP.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Brian Oulton on January 29, 2013

Last week, we discussed how manufacturers are upping their game with innovative technologies. This week, we want to dive into another key area: efficiency.

Consider this scenario: concerned about a sudden breach in security, IT automatically resets everyone's password without notifying operations. The result? Disaster on the production line – inventory lost, specialized machines damaged, business flow hugely disrupted – and worse, injured employees.

It's an extreme case, but not unheard of, and not far off from what our teams see in the field every day. As an IT or operations professional, building an infrastructure designed to absorb this type of disruption, and improve workflow, is critical in making a real impact for your business. Easier said than done, right?

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