January 31, 2013
Panduit's Enterprise Solutions Ensure Optimal Industrial Automation
By Susan J. Campbell
TMCnet Contributing Editor
The elements brought together to create the automated industrial environment demand special attention to the design and management of the environment to ensure efficiency and safety in operations. As such, many companies turned to proven providers with enterprise solutions to manage the implementation of automation so as to achieve the desired results.
One company staking its leadership claim in this space is Panduit. The enterprise solutions provider works with a dynamic partner ecosystem to ensure the seamless delivery of industrial automation solutions to ensure customers can easily connect manage and protect their physical media.
All Panduit product systems, services and tools are aligned with its Unified Physical Infrastructure to enable distributed systems to increase operational efficiency and improve overall availability.
Panduit’s enterprise solutions are designed according to the complexities of plant-level controls and networks. These solutions are used to monitor production processes, optimize pathway designs and ensure operational efficiencies. In working with Panduit, companies can streamline the deployment of industrial networks, as well as automate control systems to ensure the optimized expansion of operations, an increase in collaboration and overall enhancements in productivity.
When selecting enterprise solutions from Panduit, manufacturing stakeholders not only gain access to easy installation and maximum durability, but also a reduction in risk; the maximization of performance; the improvement of security, reliability and safety; and to drive innovations throughout the plant.
To reduce risk, companies can work with Panduit to complete rigorous system and component testing by utilizing a multi-layered approach to the effective security of the physical network. As a result, workforce and operator safety are enhanced, thereby reducing risk even further.
To maximize performance, a comprehensive portfolio of solutions is accessed to ensure the manufacturer can meet greater requirements, perform quick and reliable installations and deliver faster repair operations. Existing network investments are leveraged to reduce the overall cost.
Security, reliability and safety are improved thanks to the foundation created by the physical infrastructure. This foundation provides the necessary support for the communication and power channels that connect the distributed system. As each system must deliver real-time control, device configuration and process data collection, the design and deployment of the physical infrastructure is critical to the reliability of the industrial network channel.
Core Solution Groups
Included in the Panduit portfolio solution is five core solution groups, each one designed to address a specific element within industrial automation. The first is the IN-Panel, which includes the control panels, electrical panels and motor control center. Each of these elements is pioneered to provide the necessary tools to mitigate disruptions and ensure reliable system performance.
The second group is IN-Field, which includes on the machine and in the process areas or outdoors to ensure the solution can withstand challenging environmental conditions. IN-Route is made up of the industrial pathways and network zone enclosures to route cable so as to reduce installation costs and improve the time and effort involved in moves, adds and changes.
IN-Room, which includes the data center, control room and Telco closet, ensures the delivery of a complete infrastructure to support dedicated servers and switches that enable the relocation of DIN mounted devices.
Finally, the IN-Frastructure group, which includes power distribution, HVAC, lighting, safety and security, is focused on ensuring the lowest total cost of ownership that not only protects the workforce, but also secures the network assets.
Edited by Carlos Olivera