Industrial Ethernet

Xtra-Guard has an Industrial Ethernet line!

Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by Lu Li

If Ethernet cable is designed for an industrial environment, other factors should be considered as well. Cables used in industrial environments must be designed to work in harsh environments— temperature extremes, humidity and moisture, dust and mud, oil and solvents, corrosive chemicals, mechanical vibration, EMI interference, etc. Typical applications include oil, gas and petrochemical plants, water and wastewater facilities, wind farms, and mining. To make an Ethernet cable suitable for industrial environments, cable manufacturers use premium-grade insulation and jacket materials to meet higher temperature ratings and to withstand mechanical and environmental abuse. Besides the material changes, other components such as strength member and braid can also be used to help improve robustness and performance.

As for selecting the right cable for customer applications, Cat5e cables are good for 10BASE-T, 100BASE-T4, 155 MBPS ATM, and 1000BASE-T commonly specified applications over 100-meter, four-connector topologies. It should be mentioned that many currently available Cat5e cables of good quality can run near or at gigabit speeds, but they just cannot be “certified” for this use.


Alpha Wire’s XtraGuard Industrial Ethernet cables combine the Ethernet Cat5e cable signal transmission performance with Xtra-Guard 4’s extreme temperature and chemical resistant capability for the challenges in the industrial environment.


A good review of the engineering specification (bandwidth, speed, existing hardware, etc.), as well as non-engineering considerations (cost, future expansion need, etc.) will help users make informed Ethernet cable purchase and installation decisions.


Interested in our Xtra-Guard Industrial Ethernet cable?  Order a sample today!




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