Many industrial manufacturers are looking for ways to reduce their power consumption both to reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Industry accounts for over 40% of worldwide energy consumption and 65% of its power demand comes from electric motor-driven systems. One way to reduce greatly reduce the energy required to run motor systems is to use what are called “VFD”s. Read more
Do you believe that all networking cables are equal?
If you’re a regular visitor to this blog, your answer is certainly “No.”
In particular, harsh environments require that networking cables be built to meet the environmental challenges in order to insure signal transmission quality. Environmental hazards include EMI, chemicals, water, crushing, flex and temperature extremes.
So what should you look for in a cable to stand up to these hazards?
Frank Koditek, our product line manager – industrial cables, will present exactly what you should look for in the upcoming Cabling Installation & Maintenance Magazine Webinar: Cabling for Industrial and Other Harsh Environments. Read more
Networking safety, uptime and control should be key factors in selecting networking cabling and hardware components such as switches and routers. ‘Industry’ is a broad term encompassing a multitude of diverse operations — from discrete manufacturing of every kind, to processing of foods and beverages, pulp and paper, chemicals, oil/gas and petrochemicals, to commercial and government sites such as power generation plants, wind energy farms, water and wastewater treatment facilities, airports and transportation hubs, military bases, ships and shipyards, rail yards, tunnels, dams and bridges. Read more
In some environments, networking products are placed in clean air conditioned offices, where installers often give less thought to hardening characteristics of switches, routers, and the cables used to connect them. But, other environments are less “pristine”. Here, industrial communications and control networks are expected to operate consistently and reliably under extreme conditions, such as electromagnetic interference (EMI), high operating temperatures, ambient outdoor temperatures, power/voltage fluctuations, machine vibration, mechanical hazards and more. Read more