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Posted by: Angelina Dorman on July 12, 2017

Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems have long been used in industrial automation applications to control and monitor data from automated processes. But, what most teams think of as SCADA today is considered outdated.

As big data, IIoT, analytics and the cloud become even more pervasive in industrial settings, SCADA systems are becoming smarter. Now engineers have a visual interface into their control networks, leading to more confident decision making because of the feedback offered through being able to see the big picture of the network.

Industries like oil and gas, transportation, water-wastewater, manufacturing and energy are all benefiting from SCADA, as it allows teams to see everything live, including where failure occurs, and puts control back in the hands of the users.

Read on to learn more about how SCADA is being used in substation automation and the benefits teams can receive through these systems.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

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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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

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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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

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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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: 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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