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Are Ingress Protection (IP) Ratings in Industrial Automation a Necessity?
Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Chris Long on March 21, 2012

Is your machine operating at optimal performance? Were the components used certified to a specific IP rating? If you do not know, you may want to ask your machine builder about the process they use in specifying the components for your machine. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Standards is the international standards and conformity assessment body for all fields of electro technology.

These standards help engineers to determine the level of protection required based on the environment in which the machine will operate. With this said the IEC guidelines for ingress protection ratings are used by engineers to insure that machines will meet the environmental requirements specified by the customer over a specified period. Using these guidelines may not be a necessity, but if followed and applied appropriately, they can provide, with some degree of certainty that the machine being designed is not under- or over-engineered.

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Updated Catalog: Leading Networking Solutions for Industrial and Mission-Critical Applications
Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Chris Long on April 11, 2012

Belden has released an updated Hirschmann Brand catalog: Leading Networking Solutions for Industrial & Mission Critical Applications. Completely revised, this catalog has nearly doubled in size, featuring many industries’ best products for industrial networking applications worldwide.

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Integrating PROFIBUS DP or PROFINET Into Your Next Automation Project
Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Chris Long on March 30, 2012

It was standing room only at this year’s PROFIBUS Training Seminar in Greenville, SC where more than 85 end users, OEMs and system integrators were taken through a complete PROFIBUS DP project applying PROFIBUS to discrete and process automation while introducing PROFINET as an all-encompassing Industrial Ethernet standard.

Our Lumberg Automation brand introduced a complete end-to-end distributed I/O solution including a new PROFINET IO module that will be available in June 2012 and its increasingly popular line of PROFIBUS LioN-Link distributed IO systems.

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Where Do Customers Turn When a Machine Fails?
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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ABB Automation and Power World Conference and Exposition Exceeds Our Expectations
Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Chris Long on April 24, 2012

The ABB Automation and Power World conference and exposition kicked off on Monday, April 23rd at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston,Texas. Within the first three hours of opening, we had soared past all previous show attendance levels. We are presenting end-to-end Ethernet solutions ranging from Hirschmann Industrial Ethernet switches, Lumberg Automation EtherNet/IP IO devices, to Ethernet bonded-twisted pair cable assemblies.

In particular, customers are expressing strong interest in Hirschmann’s new Modular Industrial Patch Panel as a cost savings opportunity for both fiber and copper cable management and distribution. The EtherNet/IP IO blocks and the LioN-Link distributed I/O system from Lumberg Automation gained traction as customers coming from the ABB Automation and Control Technologies arena were provided a live demonstration on how these products reduce cost and improve efficiency for Robotic and Assembly applications.

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EtherNet/IP IO Blocks and LioN-Link Distributed IO Systems Gain Traction at ATX South
Blog Category: Belden News

Posted by: Chris Long on May 07, 2012

Our Lumberg Automation brand featured a complete array of on-machine enclosure-less EtherNet/IP and sub-bus I/O systems with integrated end-to-end plug-n-play connectivity products for robotics, conveyor systems, assembly and packaging machinery during ATX South in Charlotte NC, May 2 through 3.

What made this event so attractive to our Industrial Solutions Division is the fact that it is co-located with South Pack, Design Manufacturing and a verity of other events including Contract Manufacturing.

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