Cables/Connecting

Cables suitable for data-intensive IIoT environments

24th July 2017
Alice Matthews

Provider of signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, Belden, has released its new DataTuff Cat6A PROFINET cables, designed to support the growing demand for high-volume data transfer from the factory floor. These cables transmit data up to 10Gb/s and provide the reliable, ruggedised and flexible connections required in environments built for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

“The connectivity required by the IIoT is driving the trend toward more data at lower levels of the automation pyramid – including within individual sensors and actuators – and the need for an easier way to manage critical information,” said Loredana Negriu, Product Manager at Belden. “With these new high-capacity PROFINET cables, customers gain an immediate way to move data in large volumes, and at high speeds, from the factory floor to the rest of the operation.”

Depending on the application’s needs, two types of DataTuff Cat6A PROFINET cables are available – Type A (stationary) and Type B (flexing). Both are designed in UL-style with polyvinyl chloride (PVC), low-smoke, zero-halogen (LSZH) and polyurethane (PUR) jacket materials.

Suitable for industrial operations, such as automotive, oil and gas, food and beverage, and machine building, the cables are:

  • Easy to use. Fast connections make installation a seamless and effortless process.
  • Flexible. Finer conductor stranding and more flexible jacket options offer extended uses for the Type B cables.
  • Reliable. The materials used in the cable design withstand harsh conditions, which lowers risk and optimises network efficiency and reliability for mission-critical applications.

The new cabling enhances Belden’s entire PROFINET product family, and with Hirschmann switches and Lumberg Automation connectivity components, engineers have a single source for all Ethernet-based devices and support services. “Network engineers can now easily connect their devices across all systems for efficient automation,” added Negriu.

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