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Realize IIoT Benefits with Industrial Wireless Technology
Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Mike Miclot on May 06, 2015

It’s hard to imagine living our lives today without the Internet. From finding information to getting directions to learning things via YouTube, the Internet has become essential.

Now let’s try and think about how our lives will change because “things” are rapidly being connected to the Internet. It is estimated that the number of connected devices today is about equal to the world’s population, or seven billion. By 2020 that number is going to increase to about 28 billion.

The combination of IoT along with another important smart factory trend, the increasing use of industrial wireless, is transforming the plant floor. In today’s article I take a look at how current wireless network design is proving to be important in realizing benefits from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).


Designing and Securing an Industrial Wireless Network
Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on July 01, 2015

As the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) rapidly drives up the number of connected devices in facilities, everything – from the plant floor, to oil rigs, to substations – is transforming. This transformation includes an increase in the use of industrial wireless for a number of applications.

For example, wireless connections are being used more and more for things like data collection, access to remote equipment and connecting portable equipment to the plant network.

Perhaps you’ve tried wireless in the past and it just didn’t work out how you hoped in terms of reliability or security.

Well, if that were the case, I urge you now to reconsider. Wireless technology and standards have vastly improved and today it is possible to deploy robust, reliable, secure industrial wireless solutions.


Industrial Wireless Made Easy at the Belden Design Seminar
Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on September 09, 2015

Is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) impacting your plant or operation yet? Are you aware that the IIoT is going to lead to a much higher adoption of industrial wireless applications? Do you have the skills to design, implement or maintain industrial wireless networks?

If the answer to any of these is “no” or “kind of” but you’d like it to be “yes,” I have an easy solution. It’s as simple as blocking out three to four days to attend an event we are holding in the metro Chicago, Illinois area, from Oct 19 to 22.

The Belden Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure (IEI) Design Seminar is packed with useful, real-world, tell-it-like-it-is information. This year’s event features multiple sessions on industrial wireless – let’s take a look at what they cover and how they will help you do your job better.


Industrial Wireless Network Design for Mobile ICS Monitoring
Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on September 23, 2015

More and more, today’s industrial technicians want to be able to monitor automation systems using mobile applications. But, when a large, noisy plant facility is involved, how is a network designed to deliver reliable wireless communications? Can today’s wireless technologies provide the performance needed?

This article provides a concrete example of exactly how such a network was built for a large coal preparation plant in Northern China. The demands were high: over 4,500 networked devices, large indoor and outdoor areas, and extreme environmental conditions.

A large part of the secret to the high availability of the final network was good wireless network design combined with the right ruggedized products. Let’s take a look at this solution for mobile and remote system monitoring that resulted in better site management and faster troubleshooting.


The Smart Factory of the Future – Part 3
Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on October 07, 2015

What will industrial production and automation systems look like 10, 20 and 50 years from now? What do I need to understand about the communications requirements of the factory of the future to guide my planning today?

Part of the vision of the Smart Factory of the Future / Industrial Internet of Things is that all relevant data will be available in real-time, leading to faster and smarter decisions. This in turn will lead to the design of more flexible and efficient processes.

The full vision is described in my first article on this topic. A second article covered how network topology and the balance between wired / wireless applications will change.

Today’s final installment looks at the data rates, cybersecurity and reliability characteristics of the industrial facilities of tomorrow.


The IIoT Journey – with 4 Examples of Today’s Solutions
Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on October 21, 2015

The Belden Design Seminar is happening this week and a highlight of the first day was Jeff Lund’s session on “What’s Trending with the Industrial Internet of Things.”

The Industrial IoT (IIoT) differs from the consumer IoT by focusing on connecting intelligent devices in the critical infrastructure, manufacturing and process industries in order to create business advantages.

In the long run, to fully realize its benefits, challenges in the areas of deterministic behavior, cybersecurity and reliability will need to be overcome. But, even now, companies are using the IIoT to improve their operations.

Let’s take a look at how 4 organizations are benefiting from IIoT investments to gain a better understanding of what the IIoT journey looks like.


Smart Factory Infrastructure Box Enables Flexible Production
Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on November 18, 2015

How is industrial communication infrastructure evolving to provide the capabilities needed by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the Smart Factory of the Future? One example is the development of standardized infrastructure that can quickly and easily connect to modular production cells, creating very flexible manufacturing capabilities.

Flexible production is important because a large portion of the new value chains expected from the IIoT will come from the mass customization of products. For example, imagine a beverage plant where containers can tell the equipment what liquid to fill them with and what labels to put on them.

A modular communication infrastructure box designed to work with autonomous production cells has been created by Belden in partnership with Weidmüller. Find out how it provides insight into how flexible manufacturing systems will be achieved in the future.


Reduce Downtime and Prepare for IIoT with Industrial Ethernet Training
Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: on January 20, 2016

What network topology should you recommend for a new plant floor network? What protocol should be used to prevent communication loops between multiple switches? What devices are being added to the network and are they cybersecure? What’s the best way to design a wireless LAN?

What should be done today to prepare for or implement the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)?

If you would like more expertise for addressing questions like this, you are not alone. There will be a significant shortage of manufacturing skills over the next decade and one solution is training and skills enhancement for automation professionals like you.

Let’s take a look at the engineering talent gap and ways you can keep your skills up-to-date.


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