Industrial Automation

Our Top Industrial Blogs of 2023: How Many Have You Read?


Digital substations, industrial edge and Single-Pair Ethernet: just a few of the industrial automation blog topics that you were most interested in this year. Have you had a chance to read our most popular blogs yet?



Once again, in what has become a tradition, Belden is dedicating its last industrial automation blog of the year to recapping the blog topics that resonated with you most over the last 12 months.


Our goal is to help you stay on top of industrial automation and security trends and best practices, so we publish blogs every week that contain insight and advice from our in-house experts.


As 2023 comes to a close, we reflected on the topics and conversations that were most important to you. Your favorites are shared below.


Most-Read industrial blogs published in 2023


1. Explore the 5 Main Advantages of Digital Substations

Digital substations aren’t new, but their adoption has been hindered so far by outdated processes, regulations, conservative approaches and limited knowledge. In the past few years, however, there’s been a turnaround: Digital substations are gaining traction. This blog describes the biggest benefits of digital substations, from enhanced safety to easier maintenance. If you need a quick overview, make sure you read it.


2. 6 Advantages of Single-Pair Ethernet Technology

It’s important to understand the benefits of Single-Pair Ethernet (SPE) and what the technology brings to applications that need to transmit data over long distances but don’t have extensive speed or bandwidth demands. This blog gave us a chance to highlighthighlights the advantages of replacing a four-wire line with a two-wire line from cost, installation and performance perspectives. If you want to learn more, consider this your SPE primer.


3. The Role of Mass Transit Automation in Passenger Satisfaction

It’s no secret that today’s passengers expect a simple, straightforward and streamlined approach to ridership. They want things like fewer delays, ticketless boarding, apps that support trip planning and departure/stop reminders—and a safe travel experience from start to finish, of course. This blog explains how mass transit automation can meet passenger expectations while also helping transportation authorities improve worker efficiency and productivity.


4. Overcoming the Hurdles of Single-Pair Ethernet Proliferation

Single-Pair Ethernet (SPE) is back on the most-read list once more! This time, it’s a blog about the acceptance rate of SPE, what’s holding it back from major proliferation and how the industry is addressing these issues. If you want to learn more about the SPE ecosystem and where the technology is headed, then start with this blog.


5. Do You Need an IP67 Ethernet Switch? Ask These Questions First

Choosing the right Ethernet switch often comes down to deciding between IP ratings: Should you choose an IP20 or IP67 switch? Both serve the same purpose but offer different advantages and drawbacks. In some environments, IP67 switches may be necessary. In other cases, however, IP20 switches are the more cost-effective choice. How do you know which is best for you? You can find the answer in this blog!


Belden’s most-read industrial blogs ever

These blogs were published prior to 2023, and they represent Belden’s most-read industrial blogs since our experts started writing them nearly a decade ago. Spoiler alert: There’s a major theme going on here. Can you figure it out what it is?


1. How to Match Industrial Edge Applications  to Your Business Goals

This blog is part of an industrial edge blog series we developed in 2022. It discusses the importance of hardware-agnostic edge applications, the role of industrial edge applications and how to determine your application's technical requirements. If industrial edge solutions are on the horizon for you, then be sure to add this blog to your own list of must-reads.


2. 10 Criteria to Consider for Your Industrial Edge Compute Devices

The second blog on our list is also part of the industrial edge blog series we developed last year. To make the selection process for industrial edge compute devices faster and simpler, this blog features 10 key criteria to consider—from compute resources to security and beyond. By following the advice in this blog, you can make edge computing possible.


3. Industrial Edge Solutions: Why Are They Necessary?

This piece was one of our most-read blogs in 2022. This year, it was viewed enough to join the list of our most-read industrial blogs of all time. Especially in mission-critical applications, it’s imperative that industrial edge solutions deliver fast, reliable and accurate results—and do so securely. If you want to learn more about what industrial edge solutions are, how they work and why you need them, then start with this blog.


4. Challenges of Data Ingestion—and How Industrial Edge Solutions Help

Surprise! This blog is yet another in our industrial edge blog series. In this piece, we explore how industrial edge solutions can be applied to specific use cases. Then, we share a three-step data ingestion process to help you calculate overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and other critical KPIs. If you want to improve, you need to start by measuring—and this blog can help you get started.


5. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the Value of Collecting Data

From environmental data and operational data to network data, there are myriad types of data that can be exchanged in an IIoT installation. This blog explains how you can determine whether your IIoT data is useful, how your data should be collected and how we can help you on your data journey. Read this blog if you want to learn how to mine and apply your industrial data.


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As long as you continue to find value in our blogs, we’ll continue to create them. Are there industrial automation and security topics you want to learn more about in 2024? Let us know, and we’ll address your questions! Or you can speak directly to one of our industrial automation experts.


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