Factory Automation

Ethernet for the Factory Floor

The GiHCS® Industrial Cabling Solution from OFS Answers the Call

While some things change, others stay the same. In the past, production-area networks failed to communicate directly with the enterprise networks used for general management and day-to-day business decision making. Ethernet’s extension to the factory floor ushers in a wave of productivity enhancements, from seamless integration of factory floor production data, to simplified decision supporting dashboards, to readily available and interoperable SFP and GBIC based Ethernet switch and routing devices. While advances in networking extend to the factory floor, the production environment itself has not changed.

Issues of reliability and installation complexity abound:

  • Electrical noise
  • Widely fluctuating temperatures
  • High vibration
  • Exposure to industrial chemicals
  • Cyclic flexing of cables
  • Damaged cabling - rapid restoration
  • Complex moves, adds, and changes

These are the real-world challenges faced by industrial network designers. The GiHCS solution from OFS answers the call with industrialized, durable high bandwidth multimode optical fiber cabling solutions, strength enhanced GiHCS optical fibers, ruggedized industrial cables, and the easy-to-learn and use crimp/cleave LC and SC connectors technology that’s compatible with common SFP (with LC) and GBIC (with SC) transceivers. Consider the GiHCS solution in your next design to ensure seamless interaction between the enterprise and industrialized portions of your network.

GiHCS, LSZH/OFNR Riser Rated Industrial Cables:

  • For Fast (100 Mb/sec) and Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mb/sec)
  • Operating temperature: -20 to +80 °C
  • For use indoors or outdoors
  • High tensile strength
  • Abrasion, vibration, and chemically resistant
  • Heavy-duty construction cables
  • PVC-free design
  • RoHS and REACH compliant

Crimp & Cleave LC and SC Connectors and Kits:

  • LC kits compatible with SFP transceivers
  • SC kits compatible with GBIC transceivers
  • No power, no epoxy, no gels, no polishing
  • Easy to learn, quick to connect
  • Optical fiber specialists not required