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Posted by: on February 03, 2016

Rural India might not come to mind when you imagine a modern Smart Grid of Ethernet-based substations. However, that is just what was installed in 2015 in the Northern Indian province of Haryana.

Increasing demand for power from both urban and rural customers led the local utility company to extend the electric power system. It added five new substations and upgraded existing ones with a new Substation Automation System.

The utility partnered with a local systems integrator, Venson Electric, who provided a new substation control and protection system, including the communications network.

Let’s examine how Venson created a reliable network to relay critical information in a rugged environment with high traffic loads.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on January 20, 2016

What network topology should you recommend for a new plant floor network? What protocol should be used to prevent communication loops between multiple switches? What devices are being added to the network and are they cybersecure? What’s the best way to design a wireless LAN?

What should be done today to prepare for or implement the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)?

If you would like more expertise for addressing questions like this, you are not alone. There will be a significant shortage of manufacturing skills over the next decade and one solution is training and skills enhancement for automation professionals like you.

Let’s take a look at the engineering talent gap and ways you can keep your skills up-to-date.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on January 06, 2016

Keeping up-to-date is difficult when our jobs are demanding. Since you might just have missed one or two of our top Industrial Ethernet blog articles last year, I took a look at the topics that resonated most with our readers. I also reviewed our white papers and other documents to see which were downloaded most frequently.

The results show that the top industrial networking and cable/connector themes were:

1. The future of industrial systems as envisioned by the Smart Factory concept
2. Related to above but more hands-on in nature, how to build industrial Ethernet infrastructure today that is designed to grow for the future
3. How to select Ethernet cables for 600V environments
4. The benefits of high performance VFD cables for powerful motors and drives

If any of these topics are of interest to you, or you want to make sure you didn’t miss any of our top white papers, read on.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Richard Weatherburn on December 09, 2015

Just as industrial automation systems in plants are migrating from fieldbus to Ethernet, so too are the networks that control modern transportation systems. Let’s think for a moment about railway systems, which include everything from subway or metro systems in cities to light rail networks in major urban areas to high-speed trains connecting states or countries.

New requirements such as passenger demands for Internet access, the need for flexible train re-configurations and ever increasing productivity demands are driving rail organizations to adopt industrial Ethernet. While traditional fieldbus technology is simple and very reliable, Ethernet offers the benefits of flexibility, ease-of-use and real-time communication.

Needless to say, safety and reliability are of paramount importance for transportation systems. How then can Ethernet systems, especially when they incorporate industrial wireless technologies, meet both application needs and high reliability requirements?

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on November 18, 2015

How is industrial communication infrastructure evolving to provide the capabilities needed by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the Smart Factory of the Future? One example is the development of standardized infrastructure that can quickly and easily connect to modular production cells, creating very flexible manufacturing capabilities.

Flexible production is important because a large portion of the new value chains expected from the IIoT will come from the mass customization of products. For example, imagine a beverage plant where containers can tell the equipment what liquid to fill them with and what labels to put on them.

A modular communication infrastructure box designed to work with autonomous production cells has been created by Belden in partnership with Weidmüller. Find out how it provides insight into how flexible manufacturing systems will be achieved in the future.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on November 04, 2015

If you build machines for manufacturers or are in charge of operations at a manufacturing organization, saving time is an important way to stay ahead of the competition.

Saving time might mean building machines faster, reducing the start-up time of machines at production sites or minimizing downtime once a machine is in operation.

There is a straightforward way to achieve these goals - move from passive wiring systems to active wiring systems. Not only does active wiring get machines into production faster, it increases operational availability and reduces the total cost of ownership.

Let’s take a look at passive wiring and active wiring to understand where and why time and cost savings occur with active wiring.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on October 21, 2015

The Belden Design Seminar is happening this week and a highlight of the first day was Jeff Lund’s session on “What’s Trending with the Industrial Internet of Things.”

The Industrial IoT (IIoT) differs from the consumer IoT by focusing on connecting intelligent devices in the critical infrastructure, manufacturing and process industries in order to create business advantages.

In the long run, to fully realize its benefits, challenges in the areas of deterministic behavior, cybersecurity and reliability will need to be overcome. But, even now, companies are using the IIoT to improve their operations.

Let’s take a look at how 4 organizations are benefiting from IIoT investments to gain a better understanding of what the IIoT journey looks like.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on October 07, 2015

What will industrial production and automation systems look like 10, 20 and 50 years from now? What do I need to understand about the communications requirements of the factory of the future to guide my planning today?

Part of the vision of the Smart Factory of the Future / Industrial Internet of Things is that all relevant data will be available in real-time, leading to faster and smarter decisions. This in turn will lead to the design of more flexible and efficient processes.

The full vision is described in my first article on this topic. A second article covered how network topology and the balance between wired / wireless applications will change.

Today’s final installment looks at the data rates, cybersecurity and reliability characteristics of the industrial facilities of tomorrow.

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