Fluke Networks and Rockwell Automation recently released a guide for industrial-systems integrators that outlines a comprehensive approach to reduce startup and operational problems related to copper and fiber-optic cabling. The guide, which is available for download at no cost, allows integrators to deliver more-reliable customer solutions, the companies explained when announcing its availability.
“Independent research has shown that most Industrial Ethernet failures are the result of cabling problems,” said Harvey Trager, industrial product manager at Fluke Networks. “By testing the cabling during the startup process, many of these problems can be avoided.”
The guide pairs Rockwell Automation’s expertise in industrial automation with Fluke Networks’ expertise in cable testing. The guide provides detailed instructions on testing methodologies for both copper and fiber Industrial Ethernet cabling.
Trager added, “These testing guidelines are based on decades of experience in real-world application of Ethernet/IP technologies by both Rockwell and Fluke Networks. By understanding and implementing them, integrators can assure their installations will have a faster startup and more-reliable operation.”
The version of the guide available for free download here is generic in nature. A different version, featuring additional information relevant to Ethernet/IP installations is available exclusively to Rockwell Automation partners. These partners can obtain the guide from their designated Rockwell Automation Connected Services business-development leader.