Utility supplies: Industrial-strength patching and termination solutions

Utility equipment: Versatile, compact patch panels deliver one solution for structured management of fiber, copper or combination cabling.

Dec 2nd, 2014
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Transmission and distribution: Belden Inc., a provider of signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, announces its new distinct ranges of structured Modular Industrial Patch Panel (MIPP) products for harsh industrial applications. With three robust and versatile termination panel options available, engineers and installers can easily connect both fiber and copper cables from operating environments to active equipment.

“There’s a clear trend in the use of both industrial Ethernet and fiber infrastructures in industrial networks. Our customers have been looking for a single solution to connect either fiber or copper cabling, or a combination of both,” said Loredana Coscotin, product marketing manager for industrial cable at Belden. “The enhancements to our MIPPs do just that ­ offering efficient, low maintenance and secure connections between cables and switches in performance-critical applications.”

The three industrial-strength MIPPs include:

• The MIPP Fiber Splice Box is designed to efficiently terminate various types of fiber cabling in a wide range of industrial applications. A single MIPP Fiber Splice Box allows for termination and patching of up to 72 fiber cables, saving customers both space and costs, especially in closed cabinets where space is a premium.
• The MIPP Copper Patch Panel ensures maximum reliability for both industrial Ethernet and PROFINET networks. Together, through Belden’s MIPP and DataTuff® patch cords, copper cables can be terminated and linked to active equipment in an organized and structured manner. One MIPP Copper Patch Panel can terminate and patch up to 24 copper cables.
• For networks using both fiber and copper cabling in place, the MIPP Mix integrates the connection of both cabling infrastructures in one single solution. With high port-density and flexibility, the combination of copper and fiber ports can include up to six modules per device.

Each of the MIPPs are constructed of lightweight, high-strength aluminum in order to securely protect the cabling connections under the harshest industrial conditions. The products’ rugged design and UL 1863 certification delivers peace of mind to network engineers and system installers in environments, like power transmission and distribution, transportation, alternative power generation, machine building and automation.

“The features of our MIPPs support the next level of network availability required of industrial applications,” adds Coscotin. “As network connectivity needs expand, with limited space available, we made versatile, high port-density a priority ­ along with the ability to easily install, maintain and update these space-saving modules, both now and in the future.”

In a world moving toward interoperability, visibility is vital to operators as they face increasing demands to receive, analyze and share data. Belden’s industrial connectivity solutions address these needs head on. With more connected machines, increasing data volumes and productivity demands at an all-time high, customers in challenging environments can count on Belden cable, Lumberg Automation and Hirschmann industrial connectors for a complete communications infrastructure designed to last. Belden’s customized systems provide robust performance and reliability for a wide range of industrial automation applications.

About Belden
Belden Inc., a global leader in high-quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions, delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today’s applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

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