Designing for the manufacturing environment requires an intimate knowledge of industry standards to ensure the infrastructure supports the different environments found on the plant floor. Considerations such as shock and vibration, handling of water or dust, temperature, washdown areas, exposure to acids or oil mixtures and electromagnetic noise must be taken into account when selecting solutions to support these harsh environments.
There is a rapid influx of smart equipment and connected devices that communicate on an industrial Ethernet network, which enables manufacturers to understand the performance of machines and processes like never before. Yet equally important to what is connected, is how devices are connected. New technologies enable manufacturers to manage infrastructure, deploy devices and share information in new ways.
Optimize industrial communication and the linkage from the enterprise throughout the plant floor by maintaining network uptime, segregating networks, managing network security, visualizing network assets and monitoring network information.
A simple and consistent network infrastructure that distributes Ethernet beyond the control room and throughout the plant floor improves Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), increases network visibility and resilience, and removes questionable required expansion of a switch cabinet.
Systems throughout the factory floor are more connected which result in consistent Ethernet node growth. By utilizing best practices and guidelines, you can confidently deploy Ethernet networks on the manufacturing floor.
As more industrial operations are linked to enterprise networks, connectivity is pushed to devices that increase the amount of network access points. Manage the facility by implementing solutions to protect employees and infrastructure from hazards created by energized systems.