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Posted by: Thomas Schoepf on September 14, 2016

Companies and countries around the world are competing to increase their market share in all manufacturing sectors. A key way to compete is through the use of digital technologies such as those of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

The German governments’ strategy for computerized manufacturing, Industrie 4.0, envisions smart factories that are interconnected and intelligent, producing only what’s needed. In these factories, the majority of control occurs at the field-level and utilizes “plug-and-produce” devices.

In previous articles in this series, we looked at the trends driving the development of plug-and-produce products, the key benefits of them and some applications examples. We also reviewed the initial types of plug-and-produce devices and their characteristics.

Now let’s turn to the pitfalls to avoid when selecting field-level plug-and-produce products and the solutions that Belden offers for this next generation of manufacturing systems.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Richard Weatherburn on August 31, 2016

Demands on public transportation infrastructure continue to grow as cities expand and sprawl into suburbs. This shift ultimately affects capacity needs (i.e., more passengers) and physical needs (i.e., more roads and rails).

To meet these growing demands, a previously innovation-averse industry has shifted into an era of true pioneering. This has been exciting and rewarding to witness.

However, this escalating demand – coupled with growing expectations for safety and reliability – is creating challenges for the transportation industry. This is especially true for choosing the right networking equipment. Read on to find out about what to consider when evaluating train-to-ground communication systems.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Thomas Schoepf on August 17, 2016

In Part 1 of this series I described how global competition and the IIoT are changing the industrial automation model. In the new model, the majority of the control function occurs at the field-level, a massive change that requires new kinds of field-level devices.

The new devices will be “plug-and-produce,” that is, they are simply connected, turned on and presto! - they work. Many of them will also include programmable logic control features. These flexible, modular field-level devices will facilitate quick manufacturing changes, thereby getting products to market faster and cheaper. This is a key capability of the Smart Factory of the Future.

What do plug-and produce-devices mean for the control and communication infrastructure of tomorrow? Deepen your IIoT knowledge by reading on to learn about the next generation of field-level devices.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Tim Senkbeil on August 03, 2016

Many industrial processes use devices with sensing technology to perform automated tasks with efficiency and precision. With the increase in complexity of manufacturing processes, however, comes the opportunity for things to go wrong – especially with a limited human presence in most industrial applications.

Now, as these applications get smarter and smaller, even the sensors have sensors.

The ability of these components to provide diagnostics and feedback has already become critically important. Let’s take a look at how machine diagnostics are changing to meet the needs of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Thomas Schoepf on July 20, 2016

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is revolutionizing the way manufacturing is done by connecting more smart devices and sharing the information they produce to improve existing business models and enable new ones.

Underlying this transformation is the network of physical objects – sensors, actuators, machines, controllers – which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity for collecting and exchanging data. And, just as the technology is changing, so are the processes for using it.

For example, there is a growing expectation that an industrial networking or automation product can be simply connected and turned on - and it will work. This concept is called “plug-and-produce.”

Let’s examine why it’s important.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on July 06, 2016

Do you require VFD (Variable Frequency Drive) cable for on-machine applications, where it will be in constant motion? Or what about needing it for installation in tight spaces?

Up-to-now, these situations have been hard to address. On the one hand, construction-grade VFD and standard THHN building wire or tray cable do not provide adequate VFD system protection or the pliability needed. On the other hand, high performance Belden VFD cable has not had the extreme flexibility needed.

The good news is that high performance AND high flex Belden VFD cable is now available. Let’s review the VFD applications that require very flexible cable and see how our new offerings make installation easier without sacrificing any of the crucial elements needed for high performance.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on June 22, 2016

It’s not surprising that Ethernet has migrated from office environments to industrial environments. After all, the use of open, standards-based communication technology has made it easy to connect the plant floor to enterprise systems resulting in many business benefits.

There is a downside of Ethernet standardization though --too often office-grade cable is being used in industrial and harsh environments. This jeopardizes uptime and safety and can cost organizations far more than what they “saved” by installing commercial cable in demanding environments in the first place.

What are the applications that require industrial-grade Ethernet cable versus the office-grade Ethernet cable used in enterprise networking? There are more of them than you might think. Let’s review the situations where Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is reduced by specifying industrial-grade cable for Ethernet network infrastructure.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Richard Weatherburn on June 08, 2016

Around the world countries are trying to combat their dependency on oil and reduce their carbon emissions. A key strategy for achieving this in some regions is a focused effort on dramatically improving rail infrastructure.

As a result many rail operators are striving to improve capacity without having to take on expensive and disruptive civil engineering projects. One solution is Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) systems which increase utilization of existing rail infrastructure.

Let’s consider the architecture of CBTC applications and the wireless infrastructure needed to support these train control systems.

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