Segmenting your factory floor network improves operations

By BRAAS on Friday Nov 20, 2020 at 12:00AM in Connectivity

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Managed switches for Rockwell PLC networks - for dummies

By BRAAS on Wednesday Apr 03, 2019 at 11:29AM in Connectivity

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A brief analogy on Managed Switches. In the last year or so I have run into a lot of Braas customers who are machine builders or OEMs using Rockwell PLCs, drives, HMI’s, etc. More often than not, these are connected with unmanaged network switches.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing? The technology behind that decision is a bit foggy so I want to break it down for the layman and also provide downloadable documents with complete details on Ethernet/IP for Rockwell networks.

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BRAAS helps machine builders and OEM's connect to end user plant networks

By BRAAS on Friday Nov 02, 2018 at 11:24AM in Connectivity

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HOW IT USED TO BE: In the “good old days” machine builders and OEMs would put PLCs on their machines that did the job of controlling these machines and that’s all they did. The operators would control these machines locally through push buttons or HMIs and they operated for the most part in isolation.

This type of control has been going on since the advent of PLCs in, let’s say, the 1970s. Communication through at least the 1990’s was mostly via serial ports on the machines. Communication to the PLC was via serial ports that would talk Modbus or maybe DF1 or DH485 protocol in the US depending on the manufacturer of the PLC. Those old serial protocols traveled over media that could handle only one protocol at a time. That Allen Bradley blue hose networks for DH+ only worked with AB PLCs, Modbus+ cabling networks only worked for Modicon.

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CalAmp Integra-TR end-of-life options

By BRAAS on Monday Dec 18, 2017 at 11:20AM in Connectivity

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The last time order date for these products will be February 23rd, 2018. We are providing notice that the CalAmp Integra-TR is now discontinued by the manufacturer. We will work with you to transition to new products smoothly.

Products reach the end of their product life cycle as changes occur in market demand, due to technology innovation, new product development, or simply when a product ages and can no longer be produced. This is now the case with CalAmp’s Integra TR family of products as several unique components have become obsolete and can no longer be readily obtained.

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BRAAS now a CalAmp Master Distributor

By BRAAS on Wednesday Apr 26, 2017 at 11:18AM in Connectivity

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BRAAS, through the acquisition of Sterling-ES, is proud to be a master distributor for CalAmp private radio and cellular products. We extend a warm welcome to CalAmp customers across the United States.

We have demonstrated that our customer service, product knowledge and application experience set us apart from other companies.  We look forward to working with referred customers.  It is our goal to make their purchases and service experiences better than ever for integrators, resellers or end users of CalAmp radios and modems

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