Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Automation is everyone's friend. It simplifies workloads, helps improve maintenance and streamlines systems so that actual workers can focus on more critical tasks. However, if the wrong technology is used, it can also slow things down and muck up the works for everyone involved. Firms may start off with the best of intentions, but one wrong move can make automation a nightmare instead of a boon.
In order to combat these struggles more companies are turning to Ethernet I/O to address their automation woes. Remote control and automation of processes can be an excellent expenditure of resources but employees are beginning to look for something more, something better, the ability to monitor and control these functions even more remotely - from home.
Bridging the gap between process automation networks and IT networks requires investing in serial to Ethernet solutions that help consolidate the two systems despite cabling and interface differences. Remote I/O solutions allow firms to connect their systems in more efficient ways, eliminating latency and other risks. Additionally, these strategies ensure that professionals are able to work securely and effectively regardless of location through further technological advances.
Any deployment of RS232 to Ethernet solutions and related technology requires adequate hardware to support the transition from serial to Ethernet, andterminal servers play a key part here. Companies have to ensure they invest in high-quality converters to eliminate such issues and provide a stable connection for their systems. This ensures signal quality over distance, robust support for network infrastructure and other factors key to the success of improving processes in such ways.
Manufacturing and factory automation in general relies on Ethernet-based networks to connect robots, actuators and other systems to automation controllers, as well as any other systems that can benefit from being linked to a device server. This strategy overcomes many of the previous disadvantages of process automation, and allows firms to ensure they are meeting industry standards and maintaining a high-quality work environment at the same time.
Not all firms have to invest in automation, but those that do need to explore the opportunities Ethernet presents to improve these solutions and make progress a central part of operations.
Perle's serial to Ethernet converters connect serial based equipment across an Ethernet network. The Perle IOLAN range of Console Servers, Device Servers and Terminal Servers feature built-in support for IPv6 along with a broad range of authentication methods and encryption technologies.