Industrial Ethernet is trending to be the principal infrastructure choice for mission-critical industrial automation and control applications. Industrial Ethernet is built on the same standards-based networking platform as enterprise Ethernet, which has long reigned as the universal network solution.
Industrial Ethernet connects the office with the plant floor by utilizing a single cabling platform with Ethernet connectivity and IP addressing. This convergence of open, standards-based Ethernet communications provides all the advantages of secure, seamless interoperability among manufacturing enterprise networks — from corporate offices to the shop floor — and enables Internet and enterprise connectivity, anytime and anywhere.
In addition to system integration and interoperability, there are a host of other benefits to be gained from implementing a complete, end-to-end Ethernet solution — from cabling andconnectivity, to active components and associated hardware.
Not all cabling, networking and connectivity solutions are the same. The wrong cable and wiring combination can mean equipment downtime and lost production—as well as shortening of the useful life of the equipment when inappropriate cabling is installed. Belden's reliable products, and its design, engineering and manufacturing excellence, enable it to create end-to-end signal transmission solutions that meet the most demanding standards for data, sound, and video applications.
Key business benefits include lower overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and higher return oninvestment (ROI) resulting from real-time visibility and flexibility, reduced network maintenance and administration costs and labor and greater physical and virtual network security.
Operational benefits at both the plant and enterprise levels include:
- Faster and less costly plant upgrades, expansions and changeouts
- Access to real time data to improve overall plant operations
- Faster installation, remote troubleshooting and corrective action capabilities
- Real time inventory visibility
- Collaborative reviews of production data and virtual support groups
- Increased production capacity
- Shop floor system integration with ERP for scheduling, planning, quality tracking and delivery information