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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: Jeff Lund on March 01, 2017

Wireless technology is a part of daily life. Odds are, you’re reading this very blog post on a smartphone, laptop or tablet connected to Wi-Fi, right? Before that, you likely checked your email, favorite news sites or other sources of information without giving a second thought.

It’s true, the days of landlines and DSL have largely disappeared from our daily lives.

But I’d venture to guess that if you are reading this in an office setting – on a desktop computer or a docked laptop – you are still “plugged-in” to a wired internet connection.

In an age where you can turn your home thermostat up while you’re sitting miles away in your office, why are businesses so hesitant to take advantage of these advances, especially in industrial settings? Read more to find out.

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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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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 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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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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