Product Roundup: Plant networking

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

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
FLIR launches MeterLink, a wireless connection between selected FLIR cameras and measurement instruments from Extech, a subsidiary of FLIR Systems. The MeterLink simplifies the work of an electrical or building inspector by making it possible to transfer, via Bluetooth, the data acquired by the measurement instrument into the infrared camera and implement it on the infrared image for accurate, coordinated documentation.

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IMI Sensors' breakaway safety cables protect technicians and equipment during vibration monitoring

IMI Sensors' breakaway safety cables protect technicians and equipment during vibration monitoring
IMI Sensors, a division of PCB Piezotronics, announces the availability of breakaway safety cables designed to protect technicians and their equipment from being pulled into rotating machinery during route-based vibration monitoring. IMI’s safety cables are engineered to disconnect in the event that a sensor or analyzer cable becomes accidentally entangled when collecting data.

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Hope Industrial Systems' thin-client-ready industrial operator stations provide a sealed, clean and cool operating environment

Hope Industrial Systems' thin-client-ready industrial operator stations provide a sealed, clean and cool operating environment
Hope Industrial Systems has introduced a line of thin-client-ready industrial operator stations. These self-contained workstations are available with 15-, 17-, 19- or 22-inch LCD monitors housed in NEMA-rated black powder-coated or stainless steel enclosures and provide a sealed, clean and cool operating environment for a user-supplied thin client or a small form factor PC.

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Epicor Software's Manufacturing Express Edition is an enterprise resource planning solution
Epicor Software introduces Epicor Manufacturing Express Edition, the on-demand version of its Epicor 9 enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. Epicor Express offers an end-to-end solution for job shops and smaller manufacturers provided through the software as a service (SaaS) model. Epicor Express was developed to help reduce IT complexity, and is designed to enable users to get up and running more quickly.

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Phoenix Contact's Factory Manager software implements and maintains Ethernet networks

Phoenix Contact's Factory Manager software implements and maintains Ethernet networks
Factory Manager software from Phoenix Contact is designed to implement and maintain Ethernet networks in a shorter amount of time.The software’s interface is engineered to offer clear presentation of network devices and targeted selection of device information, enabling an overview even in large systems. Factory Manager manages central IP addresses and other configuration parameters.

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Belden's Hirschmann RSB Series of basic managed switches offers 16 models for increase customization

Belden's Hirschmann RSB Series of basic managed switches offers 16 models for increase customization
Belden's Hirschmann RSB Series of basic managed switches consists of 16 models that are distinguished by the number and type of ports offered, factory settings for EtherNet/IP and operating temperature ranges. Plug-and-play features are designed for commissioning without sacrificing switch or network diagnostics and performance.

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SmartSignal's xConnector provides a bi-directional link between the PI System and SmartSignal EPI*Center software
SmartSignal Corporation has announced the availability of SmartSignal xConnector. xConnector provides a bi-directional link between the PI System and SmartSignal EPI*Center predictive-analytics software. This link makes it possible for PI users worldwide to access SmartSignal directly in their PI tools.

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Bentley Systems' OpenPlant software offerings enable real-time sharing and interoperability of data across different systems

Bentley Systems' OpenPlant software offerings enable real-time sharing and interoperability of data across different systems
Bentley Systems has added three products to its OpenPlant software for plant creation based on an open data model. The plant offerings are designed to enable real-time, seamless sharing and interoperability of data and information across different organizations and systems using an internationally recognized standard.

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AutomationDirect's Cat5e Ethernet patch cables are designed to reduce the effects of electromagnetic interference

AutomationDirect's Cat5e Ethernet patch cables are designed to reduce the effects of electromagnetic interference
AutomationDirect now offers Cat5e Ethernet patch cables in eight colors and three-foot to 50-foot lengths. The straight and crossover patch cables support up to 1000 Mbps, and are designed to reduce the effects of electromagnetic interference by incorporating a single metal foil shield that wraps around the entire set of four twisted shielded pairs.

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Rockwell Automation's FactoryTalk VantagePoint software aggregates historical, real-time alarms and events data
The latest version of Rockwell Automation's FactoryTalk Historian Site Edition (SE) application incorporates FactoryTalk VantagePoint software as its reporting client to aggregate historical, real-time alarms and events data. Users can create reports using Trend Tool, XY Plotter, Excel Add-in and dashboards, and publish them via a Web-based portal.

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Emerson Process Management's Device Dashboards boost usability and productivity

Emerson Process Management's Device Dashboards boost usability and productivity
Emerson Process Management introduces a family of more than 50 Device Dashboards for its AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manager. The dashboards are intuitively designed interfaces that provide a clear view of everything users need to evaluate, diagnose and configure a field device.

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