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Posted by: Julian Vosseler on October 04, 2017

As companies compete to get their products to market faster and cheaper, they need simple solutions to enable near-immediate implementation. However, there’s no time or budget for special tools or expensive, highly-trained engineers and electricians.

In our previous blog on the “4 Benefits of Universal I/O Modules for Smart Factories,” we discussed how universal input/output (I/O) modules allow machine builders to do more with less. Today, we’re taking a closer look at I/O modules in smart factories, focusing on the added benefits that industrial distributed control units (DCUs) can offer.

In this blog, you’ll learn more about the functions of DCUs, how they’re improving upon I/O modules and what you need to start using them.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Julian Vosseler on May 31, 2017

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is revolutionizing manufacturing and demanding greater productivity. As companies compete to get their products to market faster and cheaper, they need simple solutions to enable near-immediate implementation. Yet there’s no time or budget for special tools or expensive, highly-trained engineers and electricians.

Universal input/output (I/O) modules are essential to building networks that operate in the new world of “plug-and-produce,” where simple plug-and-play products are applied to industrial automation to create smart factories. These versatile modules enable machine builders to do more with less.

Click “Read More” to learn about the benefits universal I/O modules are bringing to the machine building industry.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on March 08, 2017

As more factory machines are connected through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), companies could soon run into a major problem. The promise of improved productivity from these connected machines producing more data requires additional power and space on the factory floor.

You’ve probably felt this shift; more and more of your machines are connected, your data volumes are rising and you have even more pressure to increase productivity.

That’s why the M12 L-coded Power Connectors have been selected by the PROFINET User Organization as the new standard for 24-volt power supply systems used in PROFINET devices.

Read more to find out what this new standard will mean for you.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on January 11, 2017

This year was important in many ways. It was the year that saw BREXIT upend the EU, a historic presidential election, a major DoS on the global internet and many technological advances in the industrial space. While time will tell how the industrial market responds in 2017, now is the perfect opportunity to take a look back on the biggest trends, topics and products that were important to you in 2016.

If you didn’t get a chance to read our blog each week, it’s not too late. We’ve compiled a list of the posts our readers found most helpful in the past year. From IIoT and smart factories to cable testing and selection, check out what our experts had to share.

Read more for a summary of Belden’s top five industrial Networking blogs of 2016.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on December 07, 2016

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is disrupting the manufacturing industry by eliminating the rigid structure of production facilities and replacing it with flexible, networked production facilities.

What does this mean for machine builders?

Find out in this blog post, where I share my answers to a few questions about how Belden helped German-based machine builder Erhard + Abt create an intelligent robot system.

Read more to find out what l have to say about the intersection of machine building and IIoT.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Thomas Schoepf on September 14, 2016

Companies and countries around the world are competing to increase their market share in all manufacturing sectors. A key way to compete is through the use of digital technologies such as those of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

The German governments’ strategy for computerized manufacturing, Industrie 4.0, envisions smart factories that are interconnected and intelligent, producing only what’s needed. In these factories, the majority of control occurs at the field-level and utilizes “plug-and-produce” devices.

In previous articles in this series, we looked at the trends driving the development of plug-and-produce products, the key benefits of them and some applications examples. We also reviewed the initial types of plug-and-produce devices and their characteristics.

Now let’s turn to the pitfalls to avoid when selecting field-level plug-and-produce products and the solutions that Belden offers for this next generation of manufacturing systems.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Thomas Schoepf on August 17, 2016

In Part 1 of this series I described how global competition and the IIoT are changing the industrial automation model. In the new model, the majority of the control function occurs at the field-level, a massive change that requires new kinds of field-level devices.

The new devices will be “plug-and-produce,” that is, they are simply connected, turned on and presto! - they work. Many of them will also include programmable logic control features. These flexible, modular field-level devices will facilitate quick manufacturing changes, thereby getting products to market faster and cheaper. This is a key capability of the Smart Factory of the Future.

What do plug-and produce-devices mean for the control and communication infrastructure of tomorrow? Deepen your IIoT knowledge by reading on to learn about the next generation of field-level devices.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Thomas Schoepf on July 20, 2016

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is revolutionizing the way manufacturing is done by connecting more smart devices and sharing the information they produce to improve existing business models and enable new ones.

Underlying this transformation is the network of physical objects – sensors, actuators, machines, controllers – which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity for collecting and exchanging data. And, just as the technology is changing, so are the processes for using it.

For example, there is a growing expectation that an industrial networking or automation product can be simply connected and turned on - and it will work. This concept is called “plug-and-produce.”

Let’s examine why it’s important.

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