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September 8, 2022

LAPP has introduced its ETHERLINE GUARD data monitoring device for data cables. This compact, easy-to-use unit lets users carry out maintenance measures on data cables according to their actual condition and performance — to avoid unexpected failures.

Although LAPP ETHERLINE Industrial Ethernet (IE) cables are durable and long-lasting, they are subjected to repeated dynamic movements with high speeds and strong torsion that over time will require maintenance. ETHERLINE GUARD acquires sensor data about the physical properties of cables, so users can monitor actual cable performance and implement a preventative maintenance strategy. Planned downtimes increase plant and equipment availability and avoid unexpected failures, reducing maintenance costs and improving productivity. ETHERLINE GUARD’s features include:

  •    -   Real-time status display. Users can detect cable wear and plan the optimal replacement time in advance.
  •    -   Simple data analysis. LAPP’s patented preventative maintenance algorithms make it easy to detect irregularities in the analyzed data.
  •    -   Easy commissioning. Automated “teach-in” takes just a few minutes.
  •    -   Space-saving design. The unit measures 49 mm by 36 mm, with a 76.5-mm height.structure at any time.
  •    -   Easy to implement. ETHERLINE GUARD does not require a new data cable or changes to the cable design, and it allows upgrades within the existing network
  •    -   Reliable cloud communication. The MQTT interface enables status and data evaluation, settings, WiFi configuration and updates.


ETHERLINE GUARD is particularly recommended for 100BASE-TX (up to 100 Mbit/s) data cables in accordance with IEEE 802.3 as well as EtherCAT, EtherNET/IP and 2-pair PROFINET applications. Two versions are available: cable-bound LAN version PM03T and wireless Wi-Fi version PM02TWA.

For more information about ETHERLINE GUARD, visit www.e.lapp.com/us/etherline-guard.

ASK RITTAL SERIES
Episode 1 - A-Z of Busbar

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What are the advantages to using busbars in your panels?

The busbar is a very efficient part in the electrical panel that collects and transmits electrical energy as a conductor.  This conductor can pass very large currents.

Busbar allows for: 

  •    -   Reductions in the use of space relative to the panel and enclosure           (reduction in the amount of wiring). So, more equipment and parts             can be used in a panel.
  •    -   Easy troubleshooting in the event of switchgear interruption or                   failure.
  •    -   Time savings during both installation, maintenance, or upgrades               (ex.busbars are mostly used for branching inside panels, and,                   branching will be done by holes and bolts without using terminals).
  •    -   Integration of supplemental panel or enclosure elements to enhance or augment performance
  •    -   High electrical and mechanical strength. They last longer and don’t require regular replacement. They distribute power             more efficiently. Thus, reducing energy consumption.
  •    -   They’re also easily adaptable for renewable energy integration while offering extreme versatility for easy consumption                for many purposes.

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