Product Roundup: Plant networking

Plant and It networks bring maintenance and production information to those who need it.

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A plant network is the essential data corridor that provides maintenance and production information to operations managers before it’s passed on to the IT network and ultimately included in reports to corporate management. Creating and maintaining a reliable network is a critical part of an organization’s production process and requires the right tools, as well as knowledge of the latest developments and standards.

The Ethernet Alliance announced preliminary results of the Higher Speed Ethernet (HSE) subcommittee interoperability plugfest for products designed to support IEEE 802.3ba 2010, 40 and 100 Gbps Ethernet.

Tested cables either met or exceeded IEEE 802.3ba, and bit error ratio tests (BERT) were used in the transceiver and cable tests to verify link-level error-free operation within the requirements of IEEE 802.3ba. Basic Layer 3 traffic was used to verify system-level error-free operation.

“This interoperability event demonstrates that the 40 and 100 Gbps Ethernet ecosystem is real and ready for deployment,” says David Schneider, marketing chair of the Ethernet Alliance’s HSE subcommittee.

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“Ethernet Alliance members pulled together an interoperability event within one quarter of the standard’s ratification, which demonstrates the availability of the 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet ecosystem,” says John D’Ambrosia, chair of the IEEE P802.3ba 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s Ethernet Task Force, and director, Ethernet-based standards of the CTO Office for Force10 Networks.

The FDT Group AISBL in Jodoigne, Belgium, reports its FDT Technology standard, previously approved as IEC 62453, has been approved by the ISA103 committee, and is now pending as an International Society of Automation and American National Standards Institute standard. Once approved, FDT’s ability to enable any fieldbus-, device- or subsystemspecific software tool to be integrated as part of a universal lifecycle management tool for American marketplaces will be validated by two independent sources.

“The team could not have picked a better time to approve standardization efforts with the large number of projects that are being planned to enhance productivity while reducing integration costs,” says Ian Verhappen, chairman of the ISA103 Field Device Tool Interface Committee.

Utilx CableWISE Permanent Sensor helps users diagnose the condition of critical circuits

Utilx CableWISE Permanent Sensor helps users diagnose the condition of critical circuits
The Utilx CableWISE Permanent Sensor is designed to help users diagnose the condition of critical circuits. The sensors are fixed to the subject cables, with data control wires routed from the fixed sensors to a central data acquisition port that is installed in a safe and accessible location. This is engineered to allow for the data acquisition to be performed online, at system voltage, under normal operating conditions.

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Turck's JBBS junction bricks for AS-interface networks are approved for hazardous locations

Turck's JBBS junction bricks for AS-interface networks are approved for hazardous locations
Turck's JBBS junction bricks for AS-interface networks are FM approved for Class I, Division 2, Groups A, B, C and D hazardous locations. JBBS junction bricks are designed to simplify the connection of multiple field devices and can be mounted directly on the machine in hazardous environments with no enclosure required. The bricks include options with four, six or eight short-circuit protected ports that can be shut off via integrated dip switches located under the cover of the station.

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FLIR's MeterLink is a wireless connection between infrared cameras and moisture and electrical instruments

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