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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: Ute Decker on March 15, 2017

While they don’t look like traditional industrial settings, outdoor sporting venues face similar harsh, environmental conditions to utility and manufacturing sites. The similarities don’t end there. The communication in these stadiums is also considered mission-critical – ensuring patrons not only have an enjoyable experience during the game, but that they enter the arena in a systematic, timely and safe manner.

To accommodate the growing numbers of fans at sporting events, stadiums need a fast, reliable and robust network communication structure that can operate under harsh conditions, such as extreme temperatures and exposure to moisture, noise and vibration. The ability of sporting venues to withstand these conditions, while also quickly transferring large quantities of data, is critical for avoiding long lines, improving visitor safety and seamlessly broadcasting the games to viewers worldwide.

Belden recently worked with VfB Stuttgart, one of the largest soccer stadiums in Germany, to upgrade its communication infrastructure for better control of the entire sporting facility.

Read this case study to discover how this type of industrial automation can help enhance data speed and reliability.

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Posted by: Marco Reichenbacher on February 08, 2017

Are you feeling the pressure of increasing production demands from your manufacturing facility? You’re definitely not alone.

We hear this as a top concern when we talk to industrial manufacturers worldwide. And since these demands will only continue to increase, industrial automation efforts become even more important for finding new efficiencies while increasing quality.

One way we’re seeing companies address these demands is through driverless transport systems, called automated guided vehicles (AGVs), specifically wireless AGVs.

Read more to find out about wireless AGVs and how they are impacting the future of industrial automation.

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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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Posted by: on March 02, 2016

If you design industrial networks for food and beverage processors, or if you are an engineer in such a facility, you know that the cost of downtime is high. In fact it’s estimated that if a cabling system fails, the repair and labor costs alone could be 15 to 20 times the cost of the connector or cable itself -- if they can even be fixed at all. Downtime can reach overall costs of $20,000 to $30,000 per hour.

Not only are downtime costs high, operating conditions in these industries are some of the harshest around. That’s in large part because cleanliness and food safety are of paramount importance. Equipment must operate at top capacity even though it is subject to high pressure wash-downs, caustic cleaners, vibrations and extreme or varying temperatures.

What then are the guidelines for specifying or selecting the cordsets used to connect automated systems in the food and beverage industry? Let’s find out.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Brian Oulton on October 01, 2014

No matter where your organization is on the path of adopting industrial Ethernet, it is likely that unmanaged switches play a role in directing traffic on your network. Perhaps your team waited for the early adopters of Ethernet to iron the kinks out or you recently invested in your first system because of supplier or management demands.

On the other hand, you may have a robust industrial Ethernet infrastructure that has unmanaged switches on its fringes or in smaller networks.

In any of these scenarios, ease-of-use and low cost were likely the factors that led to the selection of unmanaged switches.

I am writing today to let you know about a new category of industrial Ethernet switches, lightly managed switches. These devices offer the same simplicity as unmanaged switches and are very reasonably priced – but with additional features that make sure your networks are running at peak performance.

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Posted by: on September 03, 2014

If your mailbox is filling up with information on mobile apps and tablet solutions but you don’t believe that industrial wireless technology is dependable enough, I have news for you. New advances in technology and standards mean that the number one concern about it – reliability – has been completely overcome.

Questions such as:
• Will it work in my noisy environment?
• Will it be robust enough to ensure my data makes it to its destination?
• Can it ever provide me with the assurance I need that it is stable enough?

can now all be answered with a resounding “Yes”.

Furthermore, there is an easy way to learn all about what’s new and even get hands-on experience using the latest wireless technologies. All you need to do is block out three to four days to attend an event we are holding this fall in Houston, Texas (Sept. 21-24).

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on August 20, 2014

Many businesses in industrial settings – including food and beverage, energy, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and more – are feeling pressure to trim costs and improve margins. As a result, we’ve seen an explosion in connected systems that automate processes and increase productivity. While these systems have been a boon for many businesses, the extreme and hazardous conditions of many industrial environments present significant new challenges for reliability and maintenance.

The high-intensity shock and vibrations, extreme temperatures and powerful chemical agents of many industrial settings can wreak havoc on the cord sets and cabling components used to enable connected, automated systems – leading to increased maintenance costs, or worse, unplanned downtime.

That’s where wash-down cord sets – an emerging category of ruggedized cables and connectors – can help. Wash-down cord sets are designed to withstand the harshest industrial conditions, helping to protect against unplanned system downtime while driving down maintenance and repair costs.

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