Industrial Network Services

Industrial Network Infrastructure and Automation

Industrial network infrastructure is the core of everything you do in the Connected Enterprise. This infrastructure must be robust and secure, but the knowledge required to put this technology in place can be difficult to achieve. Rockwell Automation helps you design, deploy and manage your network infrastructure to converge plant-floor and information technology (IT) technologies holistically.

The Backbone of the Connected Enterprise

Develop, Manage, and Drive Performance From Your Infrastructure

Rockwell Automation delivers reliable information infrastructure to connect your assets, people, and information using modern, secure methods. By partnering with industry leaders such as Panduit, Cisco, VMware, Microsoft, and others, Rockwell Automation improves your operational performance.

Building a Strong Network Infrastructure

Network Assessment

The first step in deploying a modern industrial network infrastructure is to assess its current condition and document any issues. The Industrial Network Services team leverages information technology specialists with extensive industrial automation expertise to analyze your system. This allows complete assessment of your industrial information technology assets and fixing any potential performance and security concerns.

Network Design

Professional network design helps you reduce exposure to risks, avoid unexpected costs and mitigate future performance problems. Buckles-Smith and Rockwell Automation collaborate with you directly to build a secure, scalable industrial network. These Industrial Network Products help design and deploy Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) guidelines, industry standards, and business requirements.

Network Implementation

Navigating the implementation stage of industrial network building can be complex. Timelines, budget goals, and vendor procurement can slow down your progress. By partnering with companies like Cisco and Panduit, we can install a secure network to increase systems availability. The implementation services from Rockwell Automation include turnkey projects, pre-engineered and customized solutions.

Network Validation

Network validation by an independent third-party is necessary for modified or installed new network infrastructure. Information technology and operations expertise can help you confirm your network's adherence to installation, security, and performance requirements. With modern diagnostic tools and operational tests, your specifications are met, and your network complies with governing standards such as ODVA, IEEE, ANSI, TIA, ISA-95, and ISA-99.

Communication Protocols for Industrial Networks

EtherNet/IP™ is an open industrial Ethernet network for handling discrete, safety, motion, process, and drive control applications. Get real-time, secure information between machines and systems. This type of network setup gives information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) professionals the resources they need to meet their goals.

We partner with Rockwell Automation, a member of ODVA, who generates industry standards and creates tools for the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP). Since Common Industrial Protocol is an application layer shared by a family of industrial networks (EtherNet/IP, ControlNet™, and DeviceNet™), it provides industrial networking for safety, time synchronization, motion control, and information. CIP Safety™, CIP Sync™, CIP Motion™, CIP Energy™, and CIP Security™ services are included in this protocol.

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Services and Technical Support

Buckles-Smith and Allied Electric have an extensive technical support staff ready to help you troubleshoot problems and brainstorm potential opportunities for your operation. Our team of experts will help you every step of the way, from the initial quote to final order placement.