The New Basis of Industrial Connectivity and Networking Solutions

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    Publicado en : 10-09-21

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    The New Basis of Industrial Connectivity and Networking Solutions

        The New Basis of Industrial Connectivity and Networking Solutions

        With the Industrial Internet of Things fast becoming the norm in industries, converging IT and OT technologies securely—

    a cornerstone of the IIoT—is still the Achilles heel for many companies. Thus, choosing the right industrial network solutions for your operation, and this cannot be repeated

    often enough, is essential. At the same time, this is easier said than done. Too often, this arduous task befalls an IT

    engineer with little experience of OT protocols and automation systems, or, on the flip side, an OT engineer with no

    knowledge of enterprise IT networking. In this article, we take a closer look at how new technologies are shaping the role of

    industrial connectivity and networking solutions in your IIoT applications.

        Industrial Connectivity Needs—Now and in the Future

        Connecting your previously unconnected industrial devices and assets is the first step to enabling IIoT applications.

    Accomplishing this task requires a thorough assessment of the types of OT assets you need to connect as well as the specific

    connectivity requirements, such as connecting OT assets to a local network or a cloud server. Since OT assets in industrial

    applications mainly use serial or I/O communication interfaces, choosing the right serial and I/O connectivity solutions is

    essential to enable industrial connectivity. Moreover, you need to keep in mind additional considerations, such as

    cybersecurity and large-scale device management, when connecting OT assets to remote or cloud servers.

        Besides enabling connectivity for previously unconnected OT assets, connecting all of these field devices also requires

    building a network that can support information flows among multiple interconnected devices, systems, and even remote sites.

        Suitable Solutions

        With more than thirty years of experience in helping customers overcome industrial connectivity and networking

    challenges, we have identified several key criteria for selecting the most suitable solutions for industrial automation

    applications. Download our E-book where you can find considerations for each specific connectivity and networking solution

    you are looking for.

        Before we come to the comparison between inline couplers and keystone jacks, let’s have a brief overview of these two

    jacks. A small device for connecting two ethernet cables to make a

    longer cable, usually called an inline coupler or RJ45 coupler. Inline

    couplers do not provide any amplification or signal boost, and can cause attenuation and signal degradation unless they are

    of high quality. There are cat5e and cat6 RJ45 inline couplers available on the market.

        People who have electrical cable installation experience know clearly what is a keystone jack. A keystone jack is a female connector for mounting a variety of low-voltage electrical jacks or

    optical connectors into a keystone wall plate, faceplate, surface-mount box or

    patch panel
    . A keystone plug is a matching male connector, usually attached to the end of a cable or cord. Traditional

    keystone jack needs a punch-down tool to help finish cable installation, but this toolless STP keystone jack is different. With the snap-fit cap design, conductors can

    be terminated simultaneously when the cap is pressed into place, allowing for a simple installation without the need for a

    punch-down tool.

        The eight-position modular plug uses insulation displacement contacts

    that terminate the conductors and provide the contact interface surface for the mating jack contacts. These plugs are crimp-

    terminated onto cordage or cable. With these new technologies, we are witnessing the conversion of many commercial building

    devices and systems from analog, to digital, and now IP-addressable. The resulting migration of these devices and systems to

    four-twisted-pair cabling represents an additional class of equipment looking to be served by versions of communication


        A network wall plate is a cabling fixture attached to a wall in

    a work area for connecting computers to the network. Also called a faceplate. Wall Plates can have RJ-45 jacks for 10BaseT

    networks (which resemble household RJ-11 telephone wall jacks), BNC jacks for 10Base2 networks, or SC jacks for networks that

    use fiber-optic cabling. The back end of the connector joins a horizontal cable that runs inside the wall or through a false

    ceiling or floor to a patch panel in the wiring closet for that floor. Computers are then connected to the wall plate by a

    short unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) cable called a drop cable. Wallplates typically come in mono-port, dual-port, and quad-

    port configurations.

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