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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: 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: 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: 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: Greg Conary on March 22, 2017

It’s become quite clear that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the future of industry. By now we’ve well and truly covered the point that IIoT is, in fact, not hype.

For end users and OEMs, the IIoT, cloud and big data analytics are creating very real business opportunities. IIoT not only enhances the communication between machines and people – it is facilitating the next wave of value-added customized business services.

To read more about the key benefits the IIoT, specifically its impact on the field worker, his boss, the business and its suppliers, read more from guest blogger Greg Conary. Greg is senior vice president of strategy at Schneider Electric, a Belden partner. Here, he shares his perspective on what this can 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: Jeff Lund on October 26, 2016

As you watch a Formula 1 car race around a track at speeds of more than 200 mph, have you ever considered who actually makes decisions about things like when to change a tire or pass another car?

You might assume this falls on the driver, but what you might not realize is that the driver’s pit crew—and a team of engineers located hundreds of miles away—are monitoring the car’s every move by analyzing data from dozens of sensors.

An industrial facility is like a race car in that hundreds of sensors are generating massive amounts of data. Are you using your data as effectively as a Formula 1 team? What lessons can be learned from Formula 1 that you can apply to network infrastructure for the Industrial Internet of Things (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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