The use of Industrial Ethernet (IE) devices is specifically required for businesses that require a more resilient solution because of the environment in which their Ethernet network runs. To this end, IE devices are fully equipped with rugged connectors and boast switches that can withstand extended temperature, ideal for those in industrial environments as well as automation or process control.
"South Africa has a large industrial focused industry where we see factories, smelters, heat treatment plants, manufacturing lines and even furnaces and packing plants," states Inus Dreckmeyr, CEO at Netshield. "The components used in the plant process areas of these companies, must be able to function in environments where there are extreme temperatures, humidity as well as vibrations that exceed the ranges information technology equipment can usually work under.
"The use of fibre Ethernet in these IE environments reduces the problems usually associated to electrical noise and enables electrical isolation, which in turn helps prevent equipment damage," adds Dreckmeyr.
The Netshield Industrial Ethernet products include a range of media converters, switches, Profibus, Modbus, Modbus Plus, ControlNet, DeviceNet, Data Highway Plus, RS-485, Genius, Remote I/O, RS232/484, Reliance R-Net, Analog: 4-20mA, 0-10V.
They are specifically designed to assist with the enablement and delivery of industrial fibre optical networking, serial device networking and communication, industrial Ethernet, video fibre transmission and networking, as well as industrial wireless networking.
With the advent of more intelligent manufacturing and automated plant processing systems, the need for always-on networking equipment is growing. With the Netshield IE range companies can ensure quality signal and packet transmission across their networks.