When it comes to networking, companies in the industrial sector must ensure their infrastructure is graded for harsh conditions to prevent costly equipment malfunctions and unplanned downtime. The need for industrial-grade connectivity equipment is shared by manufacturers, energy companies, agricultural firms and research scientists, to name a few. Ultimately, any organization that owns and operates outdoor installations should prioritize robust physical network components, as should businesses that rely on production environments with high ambient temperatures.
As more industries move toward big data, IoT and wireless technologies, the demand for reliable networking equipment has only grown. According to research from Advance Market Analytics, the advent of data analytics and data processing will drive investment in industrial networking over the next five years. However, before companies can effectively expand their connectivity and integrate new data analysis solutions into their IT stacks, they first need to understand how environmental factors will impact their network performance.
3 key industrial networking capabilities
While every environment comes with its own challenges and constraints, most modern industrial applications rely on three core principles to keep operations running smoothly: Remote asset management, predictive maintenance and high-speed data transfer. These considerations are particularly important for equipment located in remote, outdoor areas that experience temperature extremes and harsh weather events. For example, a solar panel array far from residential areas needs to be closely monitored for performance issues and equipment malfunctions. This level of oversight relies on the real-time tracking of environmental conditions, component temperatures and network strength. Of course, when key connectivity tools aren't hardened against natural threats, companies can experience more frequent outages and may need to replace components well short of their expected lifespans.
Perle offers industrial-grade networking tools designed to connect to devices in harsh outdoor and indoor environments. Our industrial Ethernet switches are graded for use in extreme temperatures of -40°C to 75°C, and are resistant to vibrations and shock. To learn more, read some of our customers' stories.