Over the past five years or so, Ethernet has moved increasingly from the office environment into the industrial world, mainly for control and automation applications.
But the two environments couldn’t differ more: the office environment offers its cabling system a relatively safe harbour and should a signal transmission fault occur, retries are generally acceptable.
The industrial world presents a different reality: the cabling system can be integral to a harsh and hazardous environment and yet there’s no margin for error since the cables typically carry signals between devices to make events happen on a very exacting schedule.
To ensure successful Ethernet signal transmissions in an industrial environment, one needs high performance cables designed specifically for the environment.
Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) Cat 5e UTP Ethernet cables just can’t stand up to the rigour. They are quite fragile when compared to an industrial-grade cable, meaning that any number of stresses and challenges encountered in the industrial environment could result in one of the classic failure models: catastrophic failure, intermittent operation, incremental failure and degradation of performance.
The result could be loss of data, process downtime or a drop in the safety level of operations.
Belden’s answer is to offer a complete range of high quality, high reliability DataTuff® industrial Ethernet cables that have been designed for industrial use and tested using state-of-the-art testing equipment.
Belden DataTuff cables are also field-proven relative to exceptional day-in/ day-out performance.
Belden DataTuff® industrial Ethernet cables are suitable for cabling systems exposed to the following conditions:
- Oil, sunlight and gasoline
- Temperature variations
- Abrasion, crushing and burial
- Presence of EMI/RFI (electromagnetic interference or radio frequency interference)