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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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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

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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Posted by: Industrial IT Team on December 07, 2016

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is disrupting the manufacturing industry by eliminating the rigid structure of production facilities and replacing it with flexible, networked production facilities.

What does this mean for machine builders?

Find out in this blog post, where I share my answers to a few questions about how Belden helped German-based machine builder Erhard + Abt create an intelligent robot system.

Read more to find out what l have to say about the intersection of machine building and IIoT.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Richard Weatherburn on November 23, 2016

Around the world, railway operators are looking for ways to increase train capacity and improve railway infrastructure. Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) is an essential element in making this happen.

What’s the real story behind CBTC and how does it play out in real-world applications?

Read on to learn more about CBTC, as well as its potential benefits and risks.

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Posted by: Industrial IT Team on November 09, 2016

Machine builders today have to meet the needs and demands of many diverse customers across the globe. And, since these customers usually prefer to use one specific industrial protocol, machine builders’ machines have to adapt accordingly.

In this blog post, I share my answers to a few questions about how Belden assisted one of its customers to easily meet global standards.

Read more to find out what l have to say about building machines that comply with global standards.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Jeff Lund on October 26, 2016

As you watch a Formula 1 car race around a track at speeds of more than 200 mph, have you ever considered who actually makes decisions about things like when to change a tire or pass another car?

You might assume this falls on the driver, but what you might not realize is that the driver’s pit crew—and a team of engineers located hundreds of miles away—are monitoring the car’s every move by analyzing data from dozens of sensors.

An industrial facility is like a race car in that hundreds of sensors are generating massive amounts of data. Are you using your data as effectively as a Formula 1 team? What lessons can be learned from Formula 1 that you can apply to network infrastructure for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)?

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Frank Koditek on October 12, 2016

In this age of high-efficiency production and processing, thousands of dollars’ worth of automation and monitoring devices and equipment rely on robust cabling solutions to work properly.

To ensure reliable signal transmission, you need cabling designed, tested and proven to meet your application’s high performance standards. Whether it’s for your controllers, I/O devices, sensors, transducers or terminal blocks; the right, high quality electronic cable is essential.

Many manufacturers may try to save money by buying cables or wires with a lower up-front cost (and less features), or that simply don’t meet the requirements of the application. In the end, this can be a terribly expensive mistake.

So what are the real consequences of using lower quality or unsuitable electronic cable? Read on to find out.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Peter Cox on September 28, 2016

Variable frequency drives (VFDs) are essential to the industrial world. From fans and pumps to conveyors and mixers, VFDs deliver energy savings and more precise process control, while also reducing the wear and tear on other industrial equipment.

VFD applications, however, present unique challenges due to their management of electrical current and other factors.
Thus, it’s essential to make sure your system uses high-quality cabling and proper installation procedures.

It’s important to keep in mind there is no industry standard for VFD cables – so, any manufacturer can claim to make cables for AC motors and drive applications. A “real” VFD cable, however, is designed to keep current within the cable and not disturb nearby equipment, networks or instrumentation. If you build your VFD system with lower-quality, or non-VFD cable, you can put both personnel and operations at risk.

So what should you look for in a cable to know if it’s a real VFD cable? Read on to find out what to consider when evaluating industrial cabling for your VFD application.

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