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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.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Tobias Heer on April 12, 2017

Are you new to industrial Wi-Fi and worried about perceived reliability issues?

Many companies worry wireless local area networks (WLANs) are unreliable or only for new equipment and state-of-the-art applications. Wireless technologies are no longer a luxury or bonus. They’re mandatory for modern industrial networking. As the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) drives changes on the factory floor, wireless infrastructure is the central nervous system that keeps everything functioning.

Read more to find out how you can identify why your WLAN isn’t delivering the reliability you need and what you can do about it.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Richard Weatherburn on August 31, 2016

Demands on public transportation infrastructure continue to grow as cities expand and sprawl into suburbs. This shift ultimately affects capacity needs (i.e., more passengers) and physical needs (i.e., more roads and rails).

To meet these growing demands, a previously innovation-averse industry has shifted into an era of true pioneering. This has been exciting and rewarding to witness.

However, this escalating demand – coupled with growing expectations for safety and reliability – is creating challenges for the transportation industry. This is especially true for choosing the right networking equipment. Read on to find out about what to consider when evaluating train-to-ground communication systems.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Richard Weatherburn on June 08, 2016

Around the world countries are trying to combat their dependency on oil and reduce their carbon emissions. A key strategy for achieving this in some regions is a focused effort on dramatically improving rail infrastructure.

As a result many rail operators are striving to improve capacity without having to take on expensive and disruptive civil engineering projects. One solution is Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) systems which increase utilization of existing rail infrastructure.

Let’s consider the architecture of CBTC applications and the wireless infrastructure needed to support these train control systems.

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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: on September 23, 2015

More and more, today’s industrial technicians want to be able to monitor automation systems using mobile applications. But, when a large, noisy plant facility is involved, how is a network designed to deliver reliable wireless communications? Can today’s wireless technologies provide the performance needed?

This article provides a concrete example of exactly how such a network was built for a large coal preparation plant in Northern China. The demands were high: over 4,500 networked devices, large indoor and outdoor areas, and extreme environmental conditions.

A large part of the secret to the high availability of the final network was good wireless network design combined with the right ruggedized products. Let’s take a look at this solution for mobile and remote system monitoring that resulted in better site management and faster troubleshooting.

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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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