The Importance of Industrial Network Management
Having a dedicated computer network is essential to the operation of a business, especially in the industrial sector. Users and machines must be able to connect and communicate with each other almost instantaneously. A properly connected network keeps different functions running smoothly and speeds up the operation of business. However, there will be network connectivity issues periodically that require troubleshooting. When these occur, you need a technician experienced in industrial network management. Innovative Automation Concepts can help you with any problems you might have in managing your network.
Managing Your Network Through Software
The installation of network-management software can be very useful in industrial network management. Network-management software monitors the network and automates many tasks involved with running a network. For example, in the case of a partial network outage, the software can detect the presence of an alarm and tell the operator where the problem is. Without such software, operators generally must walk around to learn the status of devices on the network. Network-management software lets them determine status remotely or centrally, even for the network infrastructure.
Network-management software lets operators see which links are up and down; in fact, it is hard to identify cable problems without such software. Similarly, it can show operators which devices are active and which have problems. For example, it can be used to trigger an alarm when a network device heats up so technicians can preemptively manage the situation.
Network-management software also comes in handy when redundant devices fail. If a device goes down and a redundant unit activates, technicians might not notice without this software in place.
The management functions of network-management software include noting faults, configuring network devices, accounting, monitoring network performance, and handling security. An NMS can also discover what devices are on the network, monitor their health and status, alert operators about conditions that degrade system performance, and identify problems, their source(s), and possible solutions. An NMS employs various protocols such as SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) to accomplish these tasks.
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Innovative Automation Concepts is an excellent choice for industrial network management. We are experienced with different systems, such as Ethernet and Scada, and can find solutions to a variety of problems. If you need daily tasks managed, a one-time issue fixed, or have a long-term project, we can help you. If you have a potential project or need more information on industrial network management, electrical repair, panel design, building automation, PLC or DCS programming, please contact Innovative Automation Concepts today!