Effective and reliable communication is essential for the success of many, if not all, industrial applications. Facilitating such communication in harsh and expansive industrial environments poses several significant challenges. To learn about some of the biggest challenges in industrial communications, continue reading.
Harsh Operating Conditions
Harsh operating conditions are one of the biggest challenges in industrial communications. Industrial environments typically experience extreme temperatures and humidity levels. Communication devices used in such environments must be extremely durable so that they can operate under these conditions.
Electromagnetic Interference Environments
Another environmental challenge industrial communications face is the electromagnetic environments that communication technology must operate in. When exposed to an electromagnetic field, electromagnetic interference may occur. This phenomenon occurs when conducted and radiated electrical signals reach destinations where they are unwanted or disruptive. All devices with electronic circuitry, such as communication devices, are susceptible to electromagnetic interference. As the use of the electromagnetic spectrum continues to increase and electronic devices become more complex, the issue of electromagnetic interference becomes progressively challenging.
Transmit Data Over Long Distances
Industrial communications often must take place across huge geographical expanses. Facilitating reliable and effective communication across such long distances is a challenge frequently faced in industrial communication applications. To help overcome such challenges and provide high-speed communication across long distances, managed Ethernet switches with fiber optic connections can be used.
Multiple Communication Mediums
Often, industrial applications require the use of various communication mediums. Since the differing mediums also have different communication standards, maintaining a communication standard between the many devices becomes a challenge. As such, industrial communication equipment needs to have the ability to combine data from different communication mediums.
A key challenge in industrial communications is real-time monitoring. It is important for those working in industrial communications to know everything about their network in real-time. Without such capability, small problems can go unnoticed, and they will quickly become unmanageable and halt communication.
Antaira Technologies offers a wide range of industrial networking solutions that can solve many of the most pressing challenges facing industrial communications. Our products include industrial wireless solutions, such as managed and unmanaged Ethernet switches, Ethernet media converters, and serial communication devices. To start overcoming the many challenges faced in industrial communications, contact us about purchasing our products today.