Network Infrastructure Systems Supporting Industrial and Harsh Environment Applications

This event was recorded September 7, 2017 and is now available for on demand viewing.

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This webcast will be approximately seventy-five minutes.

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Webcast Description:

Structured cabling systems no longer reside exclusively in the controlled environments of a commercial office building. As the Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet of Things take shape, connected devices reside in all kinds of physical environments. The physical-layer infrastructure that serves these connected devices must perform under the unforgiving physical conditions to which it will be subjected. This webcast seminar, produced by Cabling Installation & Maintenance, examines several aspects of cabling and networking systems in these environments.

Presentation 1: Optical Fibers for Automation Controls and Industrial Networking
This presentation is designed to help cable installers to add value to customers by maximizing the potential of the loT with more connected devices, data flows, predictive analytics and automation. It will address one small, but very critical aspect of the design and what enables it all to operate – the proper choice of fiber optics for the system’s environment.

Presentation 2: Enclosure and Equipment-Housing Systems for Harsh Environments

Whether the environment is a plant floor, boiler room, freezer, or anything in between, network equipment that serves industrial operations frequently is subjected to unforgiving environmental conditions. In these applications, the means of housing and protecting network equipment and connections is paramount. This presentation explains the options that are available and preferred for such network environments.

Presentation 3: Ensuring Your Connectors Are Up to the Task in Harsh Environments
Even in a clean, temperature-regulated network environment, proper connectivity is crucial to successful transmission. When connection points are exposed to unfriendly climatic conditions, their performance becomes even more important and more susceptible to degradation. This presentation looks at how cabling connectivity in industrial networks can be designed to withstand the environments in which it can be deployed. The presentation includes a tutorial on Ingress Protection (IP) ratings, and what those ratings mean in practical applications inside networks.

Presentation 4: Hardened Ethernet Switches and Media Converters for Harsh Environments

Whether the environment is an industrial plant, a combination of indoor and outdoor spans, or a wide range of temperatures, users are turning to industrial Ethernet switches and media-conversion technology in networks of all types. This presentation explains A) typical applications and use cases for hardened Ethernet switches and converters; and B) how some switches and media converters have the ability to stand up to the tough conditions imposed by harsh environments.


Pete Suttmeier
Sales Engineer

Pete is a Sales Engineer for OFS Specialty Photonics Division located in Avon, CT.  Pete’s responsibilities include Factory Automation along with Substation Automation in the Electric Utility Market.  He has held various roles over the course of his 25 year career (20 with OFS) in the fiber optic industry:  from Manufacturing and Process Engineering, Technical Support, and his current position as a Sales Engineer.  Pete earned a B.S. degree from Rutgers University -College of Engineering in Materials (Ceramic Engineering).

Steve Sullivan
Training Supervisor
Rittal Corporation

Steve Sullivan is the Training Supervisor at Rittal Corporation where he oversees instructor-led, computer and web-based learning and development. In over 20 years with Rittal, Steve also worked in production control, managed tradeshows and exhibits and conducted sales training for both industrial and IT products in the Americas and abroad. Steve co-founded Rittal University Online and is the North American point-of-contact for Rittal’s Global Trainer Network. Steve has a B.S. in Psychology from Wright State University, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Larry Brogdon
Business Development Specialist

Larry is a Business Development Specialist for OCC.  He supports the Southeast region of the United States and is also OCC’s specialist for the wireless and OEM markets.  Larry has over 30 years’ experience ranging from the electronics and telecom industries to the defense industry involving ruggedized product sets.  His work history includes various roles in operations, quality, product management, and commercial functions.

His recent responsibilities have included account management, market development, business development, and sales and marketing for organizations in the fiber optics industry.  In addition to his past experience with Fiber-to-the Home and Fiber-to-the-Antenna projects, he also has extensive experience with assembly house customers and vertical markets involving harsh environment products such as the broadcast and industrial industries.

Keith Ross
Director of Networking Products
Black Box Corporation

Keith Ross is director of networking products at Black Box. Keith manages commercial and industrial networking products such as media converters, Ethernet switches, and console servers. Before joining Black Box, Keith was a product manager at Ericsson, Marconi, and ADC Telecommunications. He holds a BSEE from Carnegie Mellon University and an MSEM from Stanford University.

Moderator: Patrick McLaughlin
Chief Editor
Cabling Installation & Maintenance

*The granting of 1 Continuing Education Credit for this webcast by BICSI does not imply or suggest that BICSI approves or endorses this event.

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