Below are five of the main factors to Consider in Industrial Device Networking Solutions.
Easy to Deploy : The industrial device networking solution should connect enterprise systems to factory floor devices without disturbing control networks or requiring dedicated wiring for remote monitoring, diagnosing and controlling equipment from anywhere and at any time.
Versatile : A preferred industrial networking solution enables connecting to virtually any piece of factory equipment to a network or to the Internet to interactively access, manage, control, repair, and even automate data capture.
Operate in Harsh Environments : Industrial device networking solutions should be designed to operate within a wide temperature range such as from -40ºC and +70ºC. The solutions should be certified with FM approval for hazardous locations Class 1, Div 2. These solutions should also resist exposure to electrical shock, vibration and physical abuse.
Support Industrial Protocols : To ensure device interoperability, industrial device networking solutions must support protocols such as Modbus TCP, ASCII, RTU and DF1.
Standards Compatibility : For the information collected by the industrial device networking solution, it must be able to be used directly with two systems typically found in most industrial operations: Human Machine Interface (HMI) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA).