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Nowadays equipment suppliers are providing new Ethernet-based equipment and IP based application software and no longer provide further support for legacy serial-based devices. With this mixture of serial and Ethernet based equipment, it is difficult to monitor production processes. A serial-to-Ethernet device server can provide Real COM drivers or socket tunneling for legacy equipment connection in TCP/IP format. A reliable Ethernet network has become a critical part of a bottling plant’s infrastructure, due to harsh environments. Industrial managed Ethernet switches with fiber-optic solutions can be used to overcome this concern, because of their reliability, long lasting industrial grade design, and data transmission immunity. Layer 2 managed switches with data routing software can also increase the determinism of a bottling plant’s control network. A built-in ring redundancy feature eliminates any downtime concerns, and event handling software functions can send out alert emails to improve real-time monitoring and management.

 

Furthermore, some production areas in the facility might have cabling restrictions. In these instances, industrial wireless (IEEE 802.11) equipment can be considered, not only for its flexibility but also for its rugged wireless network signal sharing and built-in data management software.

Food and Beverage
Challenge
  • Extreme temperature and humidity concerns
  • Open network technology standard
  • Legacy equipment
  • Real-time data transmission
  • EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) environment
  • Redundant network for 24/7 operation
  • Long lasting MTBF equipment
Solutions
  • Harsh environment industrial grade networking equipment
  • Capability to connect legacy serial devices to TCP/IP network
  • Fiber optics to prevent EMI
  • Rugged wireless communication solution
  • Reliable data routing with built-in network management software
  • Self-healing redundant network support
  • Shock & vibration resilience
  • High MTBF and wide operating temperature range support
Select Products
LMX-0602-M-V2
6-Port Industrial Managed Ethernet Switch w/4*10/100Tx + 2*100Fx, Multi-Mode 2 km. (Hardware Version 2)
STE-6104C-T
Rugged High Speed 4-port RS232/422/485 to 2-port 10/100TX Device Server. EOT: -40° ~ 80°C