Author's Note: Contributing blog author this week is Paul Just, Global Product Line Manager I/O Systems (ICOS), Belden Inc.
Machine builders today have to meet the needs and demands of many diverse customers across the globe. And, since these customers usually prefer to use one specific industrial protocol, machine builders’ machines have to adapt accordingly.
In order to make machine building easier, Belden’s Lumberg Automation brand developed the first multiprotocol I/O solution with M12 power (L-coded) connectors.
In this blog post, I share my answers to a few questions about how Belden assisted one of its customers to easily meet global standards.
When you use a multiprotocol solution, building standardized and modular machine parts – or complete machines – for different protocols is possible.
Machine builders are facing many challenges today. The two greatest, in my mind, are:
These machine builders also have different customer demands. They often provide specification lists and usually prefer to use one specific industrial protocol, meaning machine builders’ machines have to adapt accordingly.
We had a machine builder who wanted to design a standard machine in order to sell it to customers with operations in both Europe and in South America. But, the end customers in Europe preferred PROFINET PLCs, while the end customers in South America preferred EtherNet/IP.
This presents a major issue. What was once a “standard” machine had turned into in a time-consuming, customized solution (due to the I/O modules) – and in some cases the connectors too – need to be replaced in order to meet the country-specific standards. This wasn’t a realistic solution for the machine builder or the end customer.
We see this constantly. Customers need a solution that meets both the needs of end-customers, while also satisfying global standards without requiring time-consuming manual customization.
Machine builders today have to meet the needs and demands of many diverse end-customers across the globe.
Some of the common mistakes we see machine builders making include:
The best solution is to use standardized components that fulfill different types of protocols. That’s what our single, multiprotocol device did for this packaging industry machine builder. When you use a solution like this, building standardized and modular machine parts – or complete machines – for different protocols becomes possible.
Belden offers the latest multiprotocol standardized technology specifically made for global use. Belden’s solution meet all the needs of the customer mentioned above, with capabilities including:
To learn more about Belden’s solutions for global machine design, view our full application note, Adapt Machines to Meet Global Protocols with One I/O Module.
You can also learn more about how to face up to challenges of increased global competition with plug-and-produce machine design by downloading our white paper “The Road to Plug and Produce,” below.
Have you struggled to design your machines to meet global standards? What have you done to resolve this issue? I look forward to hearing from you.