Data communication in industry has long since moved beyond simply shifting individual bits between sensors and actuators.
The continuity of communication, standardization, integration and cost optimization has led to an increasingly comprehensive set of requirements for industrial data networks in recent years.
Here, IT utilizes Ethernet as the standardized protocol layer permeating the entire company – from top-floor offices to shopfloor sensors, actuators or complex PLCs (programmable logic controllers). Once separate, the office and industrial segments are now merging.
This means that the requirements of Ethernet-based high-speed communication systems for office workers are now coming up against the harsh operating conditions and elevated security levels found in the manufacturing industry. Various standards and directives (such as EN 50173-4) offer guidance for ensuring the reliability of this network. In manufacturing, this has now become an element with significance for costs and production reliability, and the selection and planning of network components is primarily guided by aspects of both quality and fail-safety.
This also leads to cost savings for maintenance and upkeep if Ethernet is used to streamline the high-quality infrastructure.
LEONI Kerpen was quick to pick up on this trend, and it started development work on data cables and connection technology for industrial applications many years ago.
Today, we are able to offer a broad product portfolio – especially in terms of data cables – to cover a wide range of industry-specific applications.