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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: 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: Ute Decker on March 15, 2017

While they don’t look like traditional industrial settings, outdoor sporting venues face similar harsh, environmental conditions to utility and manufacturing sites. The similarities don’t end there. The communication in these stadiums is also considered mission-critical – ensuring patrons not only have an enjoyable experience during the game, but that they enter the arena in a systematic, timely and safe manner.

To accommodate the growing numbers of fans at sporting events, stadiums need a fast, reliable and robust network communication structure that can operate under harsh conditions, such as extreme temperatures and exposure to moisture, noise and vibration. The ability of sporting venues to withstand these conditions, while also quickly transferring large quantities of data, is critical for avoiding long lines, improving visitor safety and seamlessly broadcasting the games to viewers worldwide.

Belden recently worked with VfB Stuttgart, one of the largest soccer stadiums in Germany, to upgrade its communication infrastructure for better control of the entire sporting facility.

Read this case study to discover how this type of industrial automation can help enhance data speed and reliability.

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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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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Richard Weatherburn on February 15, 2017

The transportation industry has the unique position of directly engaging with its customers (the passengers) and keeping them happy and safe. Any delays or downtime not only lead to lost revenue, but a trickle-down effect of annoyed travellers.

Do you have nightmares about train delays, safety issues or interrupted passenger services? Whether you oversee the overall operations of a railway or you’re in charge of specifying a new or upgraded vehicle or application – the reliability of the railway communication network rests on your shoulders.

No matter your role in building out a proper Ethernet network, it can be easy to fall into the trap of focusing your attention on the “shiny” or more exciting devices, like switches and routers. But, if the last thing that comes to mind is your cabling – you need to reconsider your priorities. Click the “read more” button below to find out why.

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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: on June 22, 2016

It’s not surprising that Ethernet has migrated from office environments to industrial environments. After all, the use of open, standards-based communication technology has made it easy to connect the plant floor to enterprise systems resulting in many business benefits.

There is a downside of Ethernet standardization though --too often office-grade cable is being used in industrial and harsh environments. This jeopardizes uptime and safety and can cost organizations far more than what they “saved” by installing commercial cable in demanding environments in the first place.

What are the applications that require industrial-grade Ethernet cable versus the office-grade Ethernet cable used in enterprise networking? There are more of them than you might think. Let’s review the situations where Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is reduced by specifying industrial-grade cable for Ethernet network infrastructure.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Oliver Kleineberg on April 27, 2016

This week a major step forward in Industrial Ethernet is being demonstrated at the Belden Booth at the Hanover Fair (Hall 9, Booth D11) in Germany.

It’s a live demonstration of Hirschmann Ethernet switches using the IEEE 802.1 time sensitive networking (TSN) standard to allow the simultaneous transmission of critical control plus best-effort background traffic. This demo signals the delivery of an important capability which is deterministic, time-critical packet delivery.

It transforms standard Ethernet from an “I’ll get it there as soon as I can” communications technology to one that provides timing guarantees for mission-critical applications.

Time sensitive networking will play an important role in communications infrastructure as greater numbers of devices are connected under the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 revolution. Read on to learn the 4 important things you need to know about it.

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