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Examining the Essentials Before Deploying PoE in Industrial Applications

Are you encountering difficulties in connecting devices to your industrial systems or efficiently transferring data while simultaneously delivering power to devices and wireless access points. Power Over Ethernet offers a solution by utilizing cables to transmit power through power-sourcing equipment. Embracing PoE brings about various advantages, including cost and time savings, as well as enhanced flexibility.

One significant benefit of PoE is the ability to reduce both time and costs associated with electrical installations. There’s no need to install new power outlets at every endpoint, streamlining the process. Additionally, the use of a PoE switch as a power sourcing equipment eliminates the requirement to be confined to fixed electrical sockets. You can strategically install Powered Devices (PDs) where needed and effortlessly connect them to PoE switches.

Moreover, the flexibility provided by PoE is invaluable. If future changes or expansions become necessary, repositioning the Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) is far more straightforward than dealing with fixed electrical sockets. This adaptability ensures a more agile and responsive infrastructure, allowing you to easily make adjustments as your industrial needs evolve.

Simplifying Device Setups with PoE

A critical benefit of PoE lies in its capacity to streamline installation processes for IEEE devices. Enabling transmission of both power and data through a single cable, PoE eliminates the necessity for separate power supplies and significantly reduces cable clutter. This technology seamlessly integrates with a variety of devices, presenting a convenient and efficient solution for network installations.

In traditional setups, network devices typically require both an Ethernet cable for data connection and a separate power source linked to an AC outlet. However, with the advancement of IEEE technology, devices can now draw power directly through Ethernet cables, eliminating the need for distinct power sources. Recognized as PoE, this technology facilitates the harmonious integration of data and power transmission within a single cable, enhancing the convenience and efficiency of network setup. IEEE PoE effectively eradicates the requirement for dual cabling by consolidating data transmission and power delivery into a unified ethernet cable, making it a versatile and practical solution for transmitting both data and power simultaneously.

Selecting the right PoE Switch for your Environment

PoE switches that are to be used for industrial application must be able to withstand harsh conditions and deliver power reliably in the conditions. PoE switches come in a various specifications depending on maximum power budget, number of ports and bandwidths. Hence it is important to carefully consider options before selecting the right switch.

To select the best PoE switch for your needs, ask yourself these questions:

Power requirements of Devices

Industrial applications typically ask for higher power compared to devices designed for enterprise settings. Depending on the power budget requirements PoE, PoE+ or PoE ++ needs to be selected.
It is important to note that elevated temperatures can diminish power delivery capacity, hence operating temperature has to be considered in your power budget.

Bandwidth Requirements of Devices

Industrial deployments require real-time high speed data transfer requiring a wide bandwidth requirement. Therefore it is very important to check whether the PoE has sufficient bandwidth to fulfill the requirements. Under general applications the performance of gigabit PoE industrial switches is better than a 100 megabits PoE industrial switch. To achieve high definition, gigabit port switch can reliably utilized.

Configuration requirements of Powered Devices on PoE Switches

Powered devices on a network have to configured on PoE switches to match the standards. This is a cumbersome task. Some PoE switches can automatically detect power consumption and doesnot require configuring the parameters in the switch for operation. This significantly simplifies deployment in an industrial setup.

Port Density

The scalability of application needs to be considered while understanding the required port density. Switches offer 8, 12, 16, 24 and 48 ports for ethernet cabling and connectivity.

PoE Ethernet Switches From LUBI Electronics

LUBI Electronics provide PoE switches and solutions from MOXA and Advantech.

MOXA PoE offering includes an extensive selection of PoE/PoE+ switches featuring up to 48-port fiber optic gigabit PoE+ ports, delivering high-speed data transmission and supplying up to 60W output per port. The switches boast an industrial-grade design, providing surge protection of up to 3KV per LAN port. They also incorporate Smart PoE management features, streamlining the deployment and maintenance of PoE networks.

Advantech PoE switches come with PoE injector functionality with 30W per port for powering IEEE2.3 af/at-compliant devices. These switches also come with a compact metal housing and IP 30 rating making the suitable for applications in dusty environment.

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