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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: on March 02, 2016

If you design industrial networks for food and beverage processors, or if you are an engineer in such a facility, you know that the cost of downtime is high. In fact it’s estimated that if a cabling system fails, the repair and labor costs alone could be 15 to 20 times the cost of the connector or cable itself -- if they can even be fixed at all. Downtime can reach overall costs of $20,000 to $30,000 per hour.

Not only are downtime costs high, operating conditions in these industries are some of the harshest around. That’s in large part because cleanliness and food safety are of paramount importance. Equipment must operate at top capacity even though it is subject to high pressure wash-downs, caustic cleaners, vibrations and extreme or varying temperatures.

What then are the guidelines for specifying or selecting the cordsets used to connect automated systems in the food and beverage industry? Let’s find out.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on January 14, 2015

In order to enhance the reliability and availability of data communication in hazardous operations areas, many are shifting to industrial Ethernet-based network designs.

You may think that Ethernet devices are suitable for control room use only. New technology, however, now enables network managers to place them in operations areas, even those under vibration strain or excessive heat.

In this blog, we will look at four key considerations when selecting networking products for an operations area: installation needs, industry approvals, environmental conditions and timing. A downloadable Application Note is also available, which details how this approach was applied to Belden’s recent work with a major European ship engine producer.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on August 20, 2014

Many businesses in industrial settings – including food and beverage, energy, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and more – are feeling pressure to trim costs and improve margins. As a result, we’ve seen an explosion in connected systems that automate processes and increase productivity. While these systems have been a boon for many businesses, the extreme and hazardous conditions of many industrial environments present significant new challenges for reliability and maintenance.

The high-intensity shock and vibrations, extreme temperatures and powerful chemical agents of many industrial settings can wreak havoc on the cord sets and cabling components used to enable connected, automated systems – leading to increased maintenance costs, or worse, unplanned downtime.

That’s where wash-down cord sets – an emerging category of ruggedized cables and connectors – can help. Wash-down cord sets are designed to withstand the harshest industrial conditions, helping to protect against unplanned system downtime while driving down maintenance and repair costs.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on April 24, 2012

In some environments, networking products are placed in clean air conditioned offices, where installers often give less thought to hardening characteristics of switches, routers, and the cables used to connect them. But, other environments are less “pristine”. Here, industrial communications and control networks are expected to operate consistently and reliably under extreme conditions, such as electromagnetic interference (EMI), high operating temperatures, ambient outdoor temperatures, power/voltage fluctuations, machine vibration, mechanical hazards and more.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Chris Long on April 09, 2012

Given the complexity and smarts of industrial machinery, customers scramble to get a down machine up and running as quickly as possible. Initially, their focus is on troubleshooting the machine. Much of this trouble shooting can be time consuming given the complexity of the overall machine design and network installed. So, whom do customers turn to? Initially they will turn to the manufacturer that built the machine to assist them in getting it up and running.

So what happens to all the lost products and productivity? The customer will want to know what caused the failure and the steps taken to isolate and fix the problem. Let us say that the manufacturer of the machine isolated the problem as a faulty sensor. After further investigation, they found that the sensor was not faulty, but the connection or cable joining the sensor to the application shorted.

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