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Welcome to my blog. My name is Helen. During the 10 years I have worked in offices, I have seen my bosses approach technology from a range of angles. In some cases, they optimised their team's relationship with technology, and as a result, there was less downtime, more creativity and a better overall use of tech. In other cases, the employers missed the mark a bit, and the business suffered. For example, they failed to train employees how to use certain aspects of technology. In this blog, I am going to explain positive and useful business approaches to technology. I want to write about training, optimising and understanding its role in your business. I may write some posts for individuals as well. I hope you like my blogs, and thanks for reading!

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Improving Your Team Through Technology: Tech for Businesses

Ethernet Cable Selection: Important Consideration for Choosing the Right Cable for Industrial Applications

by Evelyn Foster

Ethernet is a system that allows you to connect several computers to create a local area network that is relevant and customised to meet the needs of specific users. Ethernet does this by using protocols to regulate the sharing of information and eliminate the simultaneous transfer of data from multiple systems for security purposes. An Ethernet local area network is ideal for a large production factory where information has to be rapidly shared among various employees and departments. Unlike other ordinary workplaces, Ethernet cabling for industrial applications must be highly reliable in terms of its physical attributes and seamless data transfer performance. Here are some important considerations to keep in mind when choosing Ethernet cables for your industrial applications:

Consider Vibrations in the Facility

In ordinary workplaces, Ethernet cabling is installed in relatively quiet and clean environments. This is not the case for most factories. Here, the Ethernet cabling is an integral part of the automation and control of the machines in the facility. This places the Ethernet cabling in potentially hazardous conditions that could damage them and interfere with data transmission. For areas that experience mild vibrations due to the running machinery, go for future-proofed cabling with a solid conductor to prevent interference when data is being transmitted. If the Ethernet cables have to go over machines where there are high levels of vibrations, then you should go for flexible cabling that is resistant to torsion and trailing.

Consider Noise and Chemical Hazards

Considering the noise and other hazards that can damage the data cables, then you should go for shielded cables. Cable shielding refers to the use of a protective braid or foil to reduce the effect of noise on data transmission and any other undesired interference. If the cables are installed in a noisy place, then you should go for a cable with a braid or foil combination to protect the integrity of the data signal being transmitted. The shielding also protects the cables from physical damage caused by chemical spillages or moving machinery. This makes shielded cables ideal for the factory environment.

Consider Handling Interruptions

The rigours in the factory are bound to interfere with data transmission. Preferably, you should ask your vendor for bonded-pair data cables with better resistance to the operational rigours in the factory. Bonded-pair cables have regular conductor-to-conductor spacing, leaving no gaps between the conductor transmitters. Bending, twisting or pulling does not compromise the functionality of these cables.

You will avert costly repairs and replacements by choosing the right cable to suit varying applications in your production facility.

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