How to Build a Reliable Network in the Bottling Industry
As a sector of the beverage manufacturing field, bottling facilities top the list of efficient manufacturing processes. However, unlike many beverage processes, most bottling facilities incorporate a complete line of processes. Such processes may include bottle stretch blow molding, bottling stations, labeling, water treatment, and packaging lines. Each of these processes requires the use of a different type of legacy or Ethernet-based equipment. Due to this mixture of equipment types and lack of support for legacy serial-based devices, facilities need networking equipment. This equipment allows them to transfer live data to and from each process and control room and efficiently monitor production processes. To learn how to build a reliable network in the bottling industry, continue reading.
Protect Against Harsh Environments
Bottling facilities are often susceptible to harsh environments such as extreme temperatures or humidity. As such, a reliable Ethernet network that can withstand and operate under such environmental factors is an essential element of a bottling plant’s infrastructure. A viable solution to the challenges posed by such environmental concerns is the utilization of industrial managed Ethernet switches with fiber-optic solutions. Such devices boast an industrial-grade design that is long-lasting. In addition, they also come equipped with data transmission immunity.
Increase Your Network’s Determinism
Building determinism into your bottling plant’s control network will help enable control and improve operating efficiency to boost production rates while maintaining precision. Equipment that can help grow a network’s determinism includes layer 2 managed switches with data routing software. Such devices contain a built-in ring redundancy feature that help eliminate downtime concerns. In addition, they have an event-handling software function. This feature sends out alert emails which helps enhance the real-time monitoring and management of your network.
Prepare for Cabling Restrictions
Certain production areas in bottling facilities may have cabling restrictions. To build a reliable network despite such challenges, consider utilizing industrial wireless (IEEE 802.11) equipment. In addition to being flexible, such equipment has rugged wireless network signal sharing and built-in data management software.
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