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Posted by: Julian Vosseler on October 04, 2017

As companies compete to get their products to market faster and cheaper, they need simple solutions to enable near-immediate implementation. However, there’s no time or budget for special tools or expensive, highly-trained engineers and electricians.

In our previous blog on the “4 Benefits of Universal I/O Modules for Smart Factories,” we discussed how universal input/output (I/O) modules allow machine builders to do more with less. Today, we’re taking a closer look at I/O modules in smart factories, focusing on the added benefits that industrial distributed control units (DCUs) can offer.

In this blog, you’ll learn more about the functions of DCUs, how they’re improving upon I/O modules and what you need to start using them.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Marco Reichenbacher on September 27, 2017

With the arrival of smart machines and the IIoT, the once compartmentalized worlds of IT and OT are beginning to follow similar standards to operate more efficiently. Due to this inevitable convergence of IT and OT and the greater demand for seamless communication across many connected devices, networks will require an increasing amount of bandwidth. Our conclusion? Full gigabit networks are the standard of the future.

This blog takes a closer look at the topology of a typical automotive manufacturing network, highlights each of its three network segments and looks at how the function of these segments must change as full gigabit networks become the new norm.

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Posted by: Ute Decker on June 14, 2017

Companies everywhere are being swept up in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) hype – and they are starting to move toward holistic connectivity. Wireless technology offers reliability, flexibility and security – a powerful trifecta that is playing a crucial role in equipping these companies for becoming a smart factory in an IIoT world.

To get the most out of IIoT, teams should consider several factors when selecting and implementing wireless communication solutions. Learn what questions you should be asking first, and download a new case study to uncover how one company used wireless technology to bring more value to its customers by automating simple fine-tuning tasks.

Read on for more details.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Peter Martin on April 19, 2017

Is the increase in industrial automation jargon indicative of an important technological advancement, or is it just more marketing hype during a slow market period?
   
To learn more about the changes happening in industrial automation, read insights from guest blogger Peter Martin. Peter Martin is a vice president and fellow at Schneider Electric, a Belden partner. Here, he shares his perspective on what is really going on in industrial automation.

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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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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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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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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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