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Industrial Ethernet is using Ethernet in an industrial environment.  It can be as simple as Ethernet based products designed with ruggedized, environmentally hardened packaging for use in facilities subjected to extreme temperatures, humidity, dust, chemicals and vibrations, as well as electrical noise.  Industrial Ethernet can also address protocols that provide deterministic and real-time control of machines.  Special protocols for Industrial Ethernet include EtherCAT, PROFINET, POWERLINK, SERCOS III, CC-Link IE, and Modbus TCP.   Industrial Ethernet protocols use a modified MAC layer to provide low latency and more "real-time" performance.

SCADA stands for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition and refers to a means of remote access to a variety of control modules through a standard automation protocol. SCADA is a system consisting of controllers, network interfaces, input/output and software.   SCADA systems are used to monitor and control equipment in the industrial processes such as manufacturing.  These industrial processes are very diverse and include automated fabrication, gas and oil distribution, electrical power production, water distribution and traffic systems.  SCADA architectures rely on programmable logic controllers (PLCs) or remote terminal units (RTUs).  PLCs and RTUs are microcomputers that locally communicate and control machines, sensors and other end devices.  PLCs interface with computers which run SCADA software.  The SCADA software processes, distributes, and displays the data, helping operators and other employees analyze the data and make important decisions.

Patton SCADA Networking Solutions

  • Patton offers a wide variety of Industry specific solutions for PLC, RTU, Meter and Sensor connectivity.
  • The FiberPlex products offer noise isolation and secure fiber transport solutions for SCADA networks presenting RF, Ethernet/IP, Serial Data, Contact Closure/Actuation, Video and other interfaces.
  • CopperLink products offer hardened Ethernet Extension (Ethernet over Copper) solutions for SCADA device connectivity over long distances and in harsh environments.
  • Patton's Connect-IT provides RS-232/422/485, Current Loop conversion and extension solutions.
  • SmartNodes support IPsec VPN Tunnel for SCADA and Management Traffic and Remote Management as well as multi-WAN redundancy and out-of-band management access to IoT devices.

Featured Solutions

Adding Real-Time Communications to Industrial Networks
Adding paging, hotline phones, call boxes, voice alarms/alerts, and emergency dispatch to Industrial Ethernets can result is poor network performance for voice and other real-time services.
Exelon Upgrades its Dosimeter Monitoring System & Avoids a $1M Upgrade to Cable Plant
When the Limerick Generating station needed to upgrade a dosimeter management system in the Nuclear Reactor Building, they needed a way re-use legacy cabling embedded in concrete barriers.
How to Deliver High-Speed IoT Connectivity to Underground Mines Over Three-Phase Power Lines
Patton partnered with Trinity Solutions to successfully deliver Broadband miles under ground over noisy power lines also used to power machinery.
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