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Industrial networking for material handling automation

Supplier: POE Solutions
07 April, 2017

It is critical for manufacturers to implement a proficient network, because most material handling systems, machines, and equipment come with mixed communication interfaces and stand-alone processes.

For example, AS/RS systems rely on a networked front-end computer terminal for status reports, and it is difficult for a control room to monitor field device status if downtime occurs. A serial-to-Ethernet device server can be networked instantly with field legacy equipment to improve the efficiency and real-time monitoring. Due to the scope of the material handling facility, PoE or IP-based video cameras can be networked for safety and real-time process monitoring. Network downtime is also a major concern for process data exchange. A redundant ring network provides fast network recovery if any unexpected link failure occurs.

Instead of a hardwired infrastructure, a wireless solution for device networking can be considered to overcome the immense facility or cabling restrictions.

Challenges

  • Temperature or humidity concerns
  • Wide area coverage
  • Cabling restrictions
  • Mixed communication interface equipment
  • Real-time data transmission among individual process sections
  • EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) environment
  • Redundant network for 24/7 operation
  • High MTBF network equipment

Application Requirements

  • Harsh environment industrial grade networking equipment
  • Capability to connect legacy serial devices to TCP/IP network
  • Rugged wireless communication
  • Reliable data routing with built-in network management software
  • Self-healing redundant network support
  • Shock & vibration resilience
  • High MTBF and wide temperature range support

 

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