What is Industrial-Grade?

Understanding the importance of “Industrial-Grade”
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Integrating information and communications technologies (ICT) with the current infrastructure is a digital transformation journey which critical industries, such as public utilities, oil & gas, mining, logistics and transportation must embark upon in the 21st century. This integration, to transform the current industrial infrastructure, into a dynamic, resilient, and adaptable “Smart” infrastructure is a huge challenge that introduces organizational and technological interdependencies as well as uncertainties and risks which can not only affect the scope, schedule, and budget of such transformation projects, but also affect the safety, reliability and cost-effectiveness of the underlying infrastructure during later stages of the system lifecycle.

 

To ensure the successful integration of wireless communications systems into industrial infrastructure, it is important to understand that “Industrial” is not “conventional” – that operational technology is not information technology – that deploying a wireless network to monitor a safety process is not the same as deploying the same technology to generate revenue.

This page aims to show “WHAT” makes wireless communications systems “industrial-grade” to perfectly meet the communications needs of critical industries such as Public Utilities, Oil & Gas, Mining, Public Safety and Transportation.

To learn more, please read our white paper series, The “Industrial” in Industrial Wireless Networks (Part 1 and Part 2). 

To estimate and compare the Life-Cycle Cost for various wireless coverage options such as private industrial LTE, public carrier LTE and industrial WiFi, click here.

The Industrial-Grade Factors

The best engineering practice to overcome the problems caused by unsuitable IT systems installed in industrial environments, is to specify and deploy systems which are “industrial-grade”.

Industrial-grade wireless communications systems are purpose-built to fulfill the following set of criteria: