Smart wireless technologies for the manufacturing industry have grown exponentially in recent years. Advancements of wireless communications and the adoption of Industrial Internet of things (IIOT) have fostered smart wireless devices which can interconnect instruments to applications and machine controls.
However, as companies deploy these new technologies, security threats and production losses from integrated IT systems have become a major concern. Many manufacturers are choosing to separate the Information Technology (IT) from the Operational Technology (OT) as a best practice strategy to secure and stabilize their networks.
One device being used that supports both separation and stabilization for IT/OT networks are the Industrialized Access Points (IWAP) with Network Address Translation (NAT). These IWAPs can quickly be deployed to increase network visibility in areas where traditional cabling would be too costly or impossible to implement. The NAT feature, with its network addresses translations ability, gives administrators and network operators more control over the networks. By controlling what addresses are translated, traffic can quickly be identified, separated and redirected away from unauthorized areas of the network.
Antaira’s ARS-7131 has been designed to supply reliable cable-free communications needed for the manufacturing industry. These ruggedized devices have been specially constructed to withstand the harsh environments commonly found on manufacturing floors. The ARS-7131 compact size makes it ideal for small spaces such as control cabinets where space is at a premium. The advanced features set including NAT makes them an excellent choice for many manufacturers wishing to deploy wireless technologies.