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New troubleshooting and management tools help plant engineers manage Industrial Ethernet

Fluke Networks has announced the availability of troubleshooting and management tool sets for the industrial Ethern...


September 22, 2008  


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Fluke Networks has announced the availability of troubleshooting and management tool sets for the industrial Ethernet market as well as electrical testing products from Fluke Corp.

The new products are designed to help plant maintenance professionals troubleshoot industrial network issues, prevent reoccurrence of these issues and improve uptime and plant productivity.

“Industrial Ethernet use is projected to grow 50% each year for the next five years, replacing an assortment of analog devices and vendor-proprietary communication links that perform critical plant automation and process management tasks,” Fluke said in a release.

“This transition offers lower costs and simpler operation through standardized components and a mature, proven technology. But it also creates a challenge. Ethernet was developed in relatively clean office settings, and now must perform in the harsh environment of the factory. This put increased importance on the quality of the installation, as well as ongoing monitoring for degradation from heat, corrosion and vibration.

“Ethernet also adds a new technology segment to the plant maintenance professional’s growing list of responsibilities.”

The new industrial testing tools cover three primary areas where industrial networking issues can occur: the network, electrical signaling, and cabling infrastructure.