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Industrial automation systems are undergoing dramatic transformations that require businesses to adopt new strategies for industrial Ethernet. With the transition to Ethernet connected controllers, computers, high speed motion control, cameras and power electronics, new approaches are required because past industrial network practices may no longer apply. Every day, 160,000 new industrial Ethernet nodes are connected (I.H.S. Global/IMS Research). The design, specification, installation and testing of Ethernet cabling systems need closer examination for appropriate network cabling implementation.

When assessing your cabling network topology to determine whether you should use structured cabling or point to point cabling, the primary considerations are your design specs, network longevity, maintainability and installation. These considerations will help you choose the best cabling option for your Ethernet industrial automation application.

Companies today are challenged to connect their enterprise network to the factory floor. This demand for integrated communications requires careful planning and product selection. Improper or inadequate planning can lead to ‘network sprawl’—network architectures that grow out of control as a result of adding devices and connections haphazardly—limiting the ability to manage or diagnose issues when trouble arises.

To address this demand Panduit offers zone cabling solutions optimized for industrial network applications. These solutions enable deployment of flexible and secure EtherNet/IP network architectures that meet current needs and allow for seamless moves, adds and changes.

As network convergence accelerates—linking the enterprise with the industrial EtherNet/IP network —organizations expect to benefit from new efficiencies and cost savings.

Convergence also introduces challenges into the industrial network:

Performance and Reliability – harsh environments can increase the potential for network connectivity problems if not addressed effectively

Security – linkage between the enterprise and industrial network can make it difficult to remediate security threats

Safety – converged environments can increase exposure of IT personnel to electrical safety hazards if not isolated properly

We understand that employee and equipment safety is your top priority. As you create, upgrade or maintain your industrial network architecture and add new machinery and equipment, robust workplace safety products and procedures help keep accidents and tampering at bay.

Data Flux and our partners will work with you to implement a safety solution that provides employee safety and regulatory compliance while keeping shutdowns to a minimum.

With our company as your partner in telecommunication, we can guarantee you that all available solutions are taken into consideration.Telecommunication forms an integral part of our technology offering. We start the design process with due consideration of the exact requirement for different users as well as the demands for different applications. Our expertise covers a wide spectrum of offerings, ranging from standard voice solutions to large enterprise systems.

At our company we know what it takes to adequately address your business’s Audio / Visual needs. Our experience with integrated systems across different industries combined with strategic relationships with manufacturers / suppliers of world leading equipment enables us to deliver turnkey solutions related to the following business needs:

– Business Presentations

– Video Conferencing

– Interactive Systems

– Meeting Room Management

– Dynamic Digital Signage

– IPTV

Facility and IT network teams are being challenged to build-up or remodel their enterprise buildings to allow for future business growth, enable new smart devices, and conserve limited resources. Comprehensive Intelligent Enterprise Solutions from our company are designed to promote open and flexible physical network infrastructure architectures, employing zone cabling solutions to facilitate future business expansion and the deployment of new intelligent network/building automation solutions. Our Cabling Systems also expand architecture options to allow customers to design the network’s physical infrastructure to match their unique business requirements.

Enable the Wireless Enterprise with Standards Compliant Solutions

All deployed wireless network technologies should be 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant to avoid proprietary protocol issues in the connected space. In addition, enterprise wireless deployment is eased through the use of zone consolidation enclosures to locate Wireless Access Points (WAPs). Wireless coverage can also be an effective future means of reaching out to endpoints and sensors within the space, particularly if these endpoints and sensors are “monitor only” in function. It is highly recommended that critical control points be served by wired networks.  Data Flux offers wireless access point enclosures for a variety of manufacturers.All deployed wireless network technologies should be 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant to avoid proprietary protocol issues in the connected space. In addition, enterprise wireless deployment is eased through the use of zone consolidation enclosures to locate Wireless Access Points (WAPs). Wireless coverage can also be an effective future means of reaching out to endpoints and sensors within the space, particularly if these endpoints and sensors are “monitor only” in function. It is highly recommended that critical control points be served by wired networks.  Data Flux offers wireless access point enclosures for a variety of manufacturers. Currently there are a number of industry and business standards that are evolving with statements either requiring or recommending that a wireless access point be enclosed:

  • NIST FIPS-200
  • HICPAC
  • HIPAA –NIST 800-66
  • PCI

Failure to comply with these standards could result in a loss of customer data such as credit card information, user login, or in some cases, monetary fines.

Data center professionals are under pressure to implement next-generation technology to deliver maximum network performance.  The key to success lies in mapping the logical architecture to the physical infrastructure making the most efficient use of power, cooling, speed, space, and performance. Yet more often than not these physical aspects are overlooked. Data center professionals are under pressure to implement next-generation technology to deliver maximum network performance.  The key to success lies in mapping the logical architecture to the physical infrastructure making the most efficient use of power, cooling, speed, space, and performance. Yet more often than not these physical aspects are overlooked. Data Flux Advisory Services works with you to design and deploy solutions that take a 360-degree look at the physical layer of your data center to ensure that the foundation—the physical infrastructure—is reliable, flexible and able to deliver maximum performance. Our data center service offerings include:

– Physical Infrastructure Assessment Services

– Design Services

– Implementation Services

We have developed solutions that can allow your network to send data faster and more reliably and that reduce your operating expenses. Our focus has been and will continue to be on how the physical layer interacts with the logical layers of the network. Therefore, we can provide you with faster problem identification, better solutions, and more efficient implementation of those solutions.

Whether you are implementing new technologies such as cloud or mobile computing, virtualization, consolidating your data centers, or experiencing performance issues, it is imperative that you fully understand the impact that your physical infrastructure has on your IT environment.

The performance of your data center depends on a complex interrelationship between cooling optimization, power management, space utilization, and high-speed data transmission, all of which are essential to getting the maximum performance and uptime from your critical systems and applications.

We offer a full line of physical infrastructure assessments that help you resolve your data center challenges and provide the best foundation for new initiatives.

In today’s marketplace, businesses rely on technology to gain a competitive advantage. New technologies such as mobile computing, virtualization, and cloud computing are putting an increased strain on data center operations and driving demanding for more power, cooling, and higher-speed connectivity.

Data center professionals are looking for guidance on how to best integrate these technologies into a physical infrastructure that will allow them to meet mandates for reducing costs, increasing efficiency, and providing additional capacity.

Our Physical Infrastructure Designs are based on a deep understanding of industry standards and best practices, your logical IT architecture, overall infrastructure, and business objectives. These factors are the framework within which we develop the optimal physical infrastructure for

your data center, seamlessly merging the physical systems—power, cooling, racks, pathways, cabling, bonding, and identification—with the IT equipment they support—servers, switches, storage and monitoring.

Our seasoned professionals understand the physical infrastructure’s impact on logical design and use proven methodologies to ensure that the implementation is accomplished as efficiently as possible, therefore maximizing the return on investment.

Implementation of a design requires the coordination of many resources, and projects often fail due to flawed project management. We can help you avoid delays, needless expense, and will help ensure that the implementation of your project goes smoothly and achieves the results you require.

Faced with rising operations and energy costs, data center professionals are being challenged with the need to institute energy savings initiatives. These initiatives must also balance the need to maximize the power, space, and cooling capacities of their facilities.

Our energy efficiency practice is focused on optimizing the physical infrastructure to address top of mind energy challenges. Building upon baseline assessments of cooling capacity at the data center room level, the services expand to include the analysis of the power and cooling chain to determine PUE at a given time or on an ongoing basis with dynamic measurements that provide continual analysis and monitoring.

Energy Efficiency Optimization Services provide data center managers with the capacity to analyze the power and cooling system to resolve capacity issues, ensure readiness for future growth while understanding how efficiently power is being utilized.

We offer a Data Center Managed Maintenance Service to ensure reliable operation of the critical systems installed. Since we designed and built your facility or have built many similar facilities, we have a thorough understanding of all data center facility supporting infrastructure systems used today. Therefore, our management and field technicians are in the best position to provide superior service and data center operations support.

A comprehensive service plan is specifically designed to provide preventive maintenance, reliable 24/7 emergency service and corrective service for the data center. Data Flux will manage the plan directly with our technical resources or through our selected service affiliates and will contract directly with each supplier of the described services.

Our Service Coordinator will be responsible for:
– Develop an annual preventive maintenance schedule
– Coordination and tracking of all service visits
– Physical site inspecting
– Review of invoices for additional services
– Review of all service reports
– Resolution of service issues

Included in the service plan (as applicable):
– Data center cleaning
– Air conditioning equipment
– Rack-based air handling equipment
– Building HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning)
– UPS & Batteries
– Static switching equipment
– Free standing & rack-based power distribution equipment
– Power & data cable physical inspection
– Infrared power connection scanning
– Generator and automatic transfer switch equipment
– Fire suppression & detection equipment
– Sprinkler systems