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Posted by: Ryan Rouse on May 17, 2017

The oil and gas industry is poised for growth this year. But, key to the sector’s success will be overcoming new challenges, such as cyber security threats, regulatory changes and increased safety concerns, all while keeping operational costs down.

Core to this success is communication continuity, which can be achieved by investing in a solid and reliable network infrastructure that delivers superior performance, even in harsh and dynamic environments. Is your company equipped with the right resources? Click “Read More” below to learn more.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on September 09, 2015

Is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) impacting your plant or operation yet? Are you aware that the IIoT is going to lead to a much higher adoption of industrial wireless applications? Do you have the skills to design, implement or maintain industrial wireless networks?

If the answer to any of these is “no” or “kind of” but you’d like it to be “yes,” I have an easy solution. It’s as simple as blocking out three to four days to attend an event we are holding in the metro Chicago, Illinois area, from Oct 19 to 22.

The Belden Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure (IEI) Design Seminar is packed with useful, real-world, tell-it-like-it-is information. This year’s event features multiple sessions on industrial wireless – let’s take a look at what they cover and how they will help you do your job better.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on August 26, 2015

As a network designer or engineer, you might avoid wireless solutions because you are worried that transmission interference will make network communications unreliable. Although you may have heard of recent technical improvements in industrial wireless technology, you may still be concerned about using it for mission-critical processes.

Other articles in this blog have described some of the advances in technology and standards that have made industrial wireless applications very reliable. This article takes a close look at one key component —the antenna.

Selecting the right antenna technology is essential for dependable WLAN connections. Let’s examine how to go about it.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on July 29, 2015

In the factory setting, the trend of connecting more and more devices to the network is called the Industrial Internet of Things, or the IIoT.

We’ve always had networks in factories, but the IIoT takes it a step further. When smart devices communicate with each other it can lead to enhanced functionality, improved operational efficiency and added value – all without any human interaction.

Many companies want to take advantage of the IIoT, but face a dilemma when it comes to wireless connections. They want the payback, data and efficiencies that wireless can deliver. However, they are skeptical because of a past bad experience or an outdated frame of reference.

The fact is industrial wireless technology has made great strides in terms of performance, reliability and security. The potential benefits, especially when it comes to network efficiency and agility, are huge.

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Posted by: Industrial IT Team on July 01, 2015

As the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) rapidly drives up the number of connected devices in facilities, everything – from the plant floor, to oil rigs, to substations – is transforming. This transformation includes an increase in the use of industrial wireless for a number of applications.

For example, wireless connections are being used more and more for things like data collection, access to remote equipment and connecting portable equipment to the plant network.

Perhaps you’ve tried wireless in the past and it just didn’t work out how you hoped in terms of reliability or security.

Well, if that were the case, I urge you now to reconsider. Wireless technology and standards have vastly improved and today it is possible to deploy robust, reliable, secure industrial wireless solutions.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on December 11, 2013

One of the indicators that it’s time to update your network design is when troubleshooting issues take too long and having a significant impact on production. That was one of the issues Johnson Controls’ Automotive Experience Group was facing when it decided its “one size fits all” flat network infrastructure had to change.

The flat network design had been controlled by the IT department which initially did not understand how the good practices it used to manage the enterprise network were disrupting the plant floor network.

As the demand for real-time information has increased, more and more IT professionals are becoming involved with manufacturing networks. If you are one of those people, or if you are an engineer who wishes IT understood your operational network requirements, then the Johnson Controls story that follows may be helpful.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on May 29, 2013

Improving the cyber security of industrial networks is a challenge you may be facing.

On the one hand your manufacturing processes probably use devices such as PLCs (programmable logic controllers) and DCS (distributed control systems) that were designed with a focus on reliability and safety rather than security.

On the other hand your industrial networks are already, or soon will be, connected to your company’s enterprise networks and migrated to Ethernet.

In considering how to decrease cyber risk and protect assets, it is important to look for technology solutions that are designed for the plant floor.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Brian Oulton on March 11, 2013

The boss showed up and said, “Learn what you can,
‘cause you are in charge of our security plan.
I know nothing about it and neither do you,
There’s no budget, no team… it’s just me and you!

Please do your best with it, we have to win,
‘cause our company’s toast if the bad guys get in.”
I looked for a guru, but couldn’t find him,
So I settled for drinks with my co-worker Jim.

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