4-day Industrial Ethernet infrastructure design seminar, hosted by Belden

January 22, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
This four-day event focuses on practical skills through hands-on training; Belden has opened registration for its 2014 Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure (IEI) Design Seminar. The seminar takes place from 14 - 17th April 2014, in Prague, and is intended for anyone who designs or maintains mission-critical industrial Ethernet networks.

Professionals such as network design engineers, control engineers, machine builders, plant engineers and IT specialists will benefit, Belden says, from learning how to reduce costs and installation time, while implementing highly reliable and resilient networks.

“The adoption of industrial Ethernet technology has been among the most transformative of all trends in industry. The challenge for industrial professionals is to avoid being overwhelmed by the complexity of features and functions used in enterprise Ethernet implementations,” said Berry Medendorp, senior manager outbound marketing at Belden. “Our IEI Design Seminar breaks down the design process to simple, practical and proven steps for building an Ethernet infrastructure that is very dependable, supportable and expandable for the future.”

As industrial Ethernet invades every corner of industry, companies need to organise ad-hoc networks into a maintainable and reliable infrastructure that can continue to grow to meet their future needs. The 15 presentations and nine hands-on labs in the Design Seminar provide essential and practical advice to guide attendees in how to do that.

Suitable for both beginners and advanced participants, the Design Seminar features seven topic areas, or “tracks.” The tracks include: Basic Ethernet Networking, Control Systems and Industrial Ethernet Networks, Network Redundancy, Ethernet Concepts and Network Management, Network Security, Industrial Wireless and Industrial Ethernet for Cabling and Connectivity applications.

The sessions are completely industrial-focused and take into account the unique requirements of manufacturing networks used for control, safety, security and data acquisition. Capabilities such as very high availability, rapid recoverability and the ability to operate in harsh environments are essential for industrial networks. They also need to be expandable and future-proof because the lifespan of industrial equipment is 15-20 years or longer. Finally, networks need to be simple to implement and easy to maintain by engineering, operations and maintenance staffs who have a different skill set than IT networking professionals.

Limited to approximately 150 attendees, and conducted in an informal atmosphere, the event is conducted