Ethernet case study advice: Take care with cabling and infrastructure, improve poor existing designs

A system integrator advises on the importance of correct cable installation and verification, Ethernet infrastructure design, and how to minimize the impact of an existing poorly designed network, based on three case study examples. See additional photos in webcast.

11/20/2013


Improper Ethernet cabling and connections are among major Ethernet networking malfunctions. Courtesy: Malisko Engineering and Control Engineering webcast, Industrial Ethernet, Part 2: Case Studies.Make your next industrial Ethernet installation easier with correct cable installation and verification, proper Ethernet infrastructure, while minimizing the impact of an existing poorly designed network, according to three case study examples from Steve Schneebeli, director of engineering/IT, Malisko Engineering.

Industrial Ethernet case studies provide practical advice from working installations to ensure your next application uses the best practices and lessons learned to maximize benefits in a minimum amount of time.

Advice follows from Schneebeli. On one project a client decided to install Ethernet cabling using in-house resources.

“We stressed the importance of knowledgeable installation techniques, using certified installers, following industry standards, and performing cable verification after installation,” Schneebeli said. The installers didn’t have appropriate experience, resulting in cable damage, connector troubles, and electromagnetic interference. “Lessons we learned from this installation is to ensure the cable installer knows industrial Ethernet network best practices, and at a minimum, tests the installation using an Ethernet cable tester prior to start-up,” Schneebeli said.

Other Schneebeli advice from two other projects includes:

  • Take care in designing and specifying the Ethernet infrastructure to eliminate common problems and ensure the network can handle future growth.
  • Use the right equipment for the job. Don’t sacrifice robustness for cost savings.
  • Check port settings.
  • Ensure the existing hardware is configured correctly.
  • Test the network before connecting a new system into it.
  • Follow industry standards, such as ANSI/TIA-1005 – M.I.C.E. and ANSI/TIA-569-C.0 (cable lengths) to eliminate many issues found in typical industrial installations.

More Ethernet information

Learn more in the Control Engineering webcast, Industrial Ethernet, Part 2: Case Studies, live on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at 11 a.m. PT /1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET, and archived soon after that.

Also learn from a related Control Engineering webcast, Industrial Ethernet, Part 1: Technologies, now available on demand.

For each, upon successful completion of a related quiz, one (1) RCEP / ACEC Certified Professional Development Hour (PDH) is available for attendees.

Both webcasts offer market-related trends and information from Control Engineering and other sources and an instructive question and answer session at the end.

- Mark T. Hoske, content manager, CFE Media, Control Engineering, mhoske@cfemedia.com.



The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
Pipe fabrication and IIoT; 2017 Product of the Year finalists
The future of electrical safety; Four keys to RPM success; Picking the right weld fume option
A new approach to the Skills Gap; Community colleges may hold the key for manufacturing; 2017 Engineering Leaders Under 40
Control room technology innovation; Practical approaches to corrosion protection; Pipeline regulator revises quality programs
The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Power system design for high-performance buildings; mitigating arc flash hazards
VFDs improving motion control applications; Powering automation and IIoT wirelessly; Connecting the dots
Natural gas engines; New applications for fuel cells; Large engines become more efficient; Extending boiler life

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
This digital report explains how plant engineers and subject matter experts (SME) need support for time series data and its many challenges.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me