Open-bus technologies, while perhaps costing more initially, says Murray Death, InterlinkBT president, more than make up for that in labor savings. "Customers have reported savings of up to 65% on installation costs." And these benefits extend to engineering. For example, documentation and layout complexity are greatly reduced. "Complex wiring documentation is virtually eliminated," he notes, and during set-up, bus components can be mounted as needed during installation.
With less wiring inherent in multiplexed systems, set-up time is shorter, so processes go on-line quicker. There is less chance for wiring mistakes, debugging is less time-consuming, and keyed connectors facilitate "plug and program" versatility. A breadth of connector styles cuts installation time and reduces chances of wiring errors. Once a bus system is up-and-running, diagnostics pinpoint a problem before it becomes critical. And again, with plug-in adaptability, a malfunctioning component can be removed and a new one installed quickly. Such time savings give a higher return on investment.
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In order to keep in line with safety protocols, industrial networks need to be filtered in a semantic way so that only information related to diagnostics is flowing back to the vendor and that any communications that could be used for remote machine operations are suppressed.
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