Five common mistakes in IIOT monitoring installations - Part Three: Network Issues
Updated: Nov 23, 2022
Maintaining a strong network is key for all monitoring & managing to be performing correctly and consistently. From an infrastructure standpoint, it is important to know if the monitoring system can be sustained using your current internal network, as well as IT personnel. It would be a good idea to know if all monitoring sensors & equipment will be able to perform properly and consistently. A few things to keep in mind when assessing your current network would be:
Talk with the IT department and establish WiFi connections. There needs to be clear signals to all sensor'd equipment at all times. Physically locate routers etc. and verify locations in regard to the sensors in place. All departments should be aware of the network's hardware and wire connection locations, this is important in a situation that a sensor shows as "offline" you are able to locate the disconnect and report the issue to IT or management. We have had occasions where the entire network within a facility was not able to support the new monitoring system and or was very outdated.
Create a plan -
We all agree that the monitoring & managing system is an investment. If your current infrastructure is not adequate to maintain the new system, work together with all applicable departments to design a stronger network that will be successful. The IT department will need to advise on this and how to keep the signals and connections running as consistently as possible with little to no interruptions.