White Papers

Below you will find a list of Red Lion white papers for a range of industrial automation and networking topics:

Assessing Existing Infrastructure and Requirements
Industrial automation exists within a broader technological framework and has benefitted from advances in industrial networking and mobile computing. The combination of these technologies is helping to make the vision of concepts like the “Connected Factory”, “Industry 4.0” and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) a reality. Often however, the proliferation of competing concepts can lead to confusion and leave some questioning how to begin practical implementation. After defining these...
Connecting Legacy Equipment to the Industrial Internet of Things
Aggressive growth forecasts are helping to fuel interest in both the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), but details on what is required to make either a reality are still a bit hazy. Within the industrial sector, connecting disparate devices from multiple manufacturers is a key first step to creating the IIoT and is made possible through protocol conversion. After defining protocol conversion, this white paper will explore how this fundamental IIoT building...
Using Visual Management to Drive Productivity
Strategic philosophies or practices such as Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management and Continuous Improvement are used by many organizations to help improve processes, drive productivity and maintain a competitive edge in today’s ever-increasing global economy. Despite varying concepts, each practice uses Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to assess, analyze and track manufacturing processes. Even if an organization does not employ formal continuous improvement...
Using KPIs to Improve Profitability
Strategic philosophies or practices such as Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management and Continuous Improvement are used by many organizations to help improve processes, drive productivity and maintain a competitive edge in today’s ever‐increasing global economy. Despite varying concepts, each practice uses Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to assess, analyze and track business manufacturing processes. Even if an organization does not employ formal continuous improvement...
Using Industrial Ethernet Switches to Maximize Uptime
Just as ice formation can stop the flow of a river, extreme temperatures can stop the flow of data from remote operations. Because modern facilities and control systems run on information, even a brief interruption to data flow can introduce significant risk to operations. Commercial-grade Ethernet switches have proven to be especially vulnerable because they are not engineered to withstand the fluctuating temperatures, humidity, vibration, dust and other conditions common to remote...
Using Cellular Automation to Monitor & Control Assets
Today’s industrial networks are managing increased data flow from sensors and video monitoring systems, integrating processes to include M2M monitoring and seamlessly sharing data between facilities in real time to synchronize operations. As a result, industrial organizations investing in the value of the connected facility are now wondering how much longer their networks will be able to keep up with demand. They face the ongoing challenge of allocating and scaling bandwidth to support all of...
Using Versatile Control Options to Cost‐Effectively Save Space
Aside from the occasional spin‐off product release, panel meter development has remained relatively static over the last few years. As the market focuses on new products that offer more advanced capabilities, many companies are hesitant to invest money into products – such as panel meters – that fail to drive substantial growth or promise large returns. So where does this leave panel meters? In order to make panel meters a viable option for today’s businesses, compact cost‐effective devices...
Using Industrial Ethernet Switches to Assure Maximum Uptime
Alternative energy is a growing sector of the world’s power supply. For wind, sources to reliably scale, production must become more dependable and cost effective. Energy sources of the future will require next-generation infrastructures. Because key production variables change by the second, operators need real-time data collection, communication and control systems. The controls used to run traditional power generation operations are giving way to more intelligent, powerful and standardized...
Using ODVA Common Industrial Protocol to Enhance Performance
EtherNet/IPTM networks for I/O, drive and other control components are used in an increasing number of process control installations worldwide. This technology enables devices made by different vendors to communicate via standard Ethernet infrastructures that use the ODVA Common Industrial Protocol (CIP). These process networks can be monitored and controlled using a variety of switch-based topologies. The network configuration dictates performance, flexibility and connectivity to field devices...
Using a Mix of Fast & Gigabit Ethernet to Support Long-Term Goals
The variety of industrial applications that can be supported through the use of Ethernet technology continues to expand as the “Internet of Things” evolves into the “Industrial Internet of Things” and organizations work to improve operations through data integration. The networking requirements for applications can vary widely and most industrial networks will need to support a mix of Fast Ethernet (100Base) and Gigabit Ethernet (1000Base), or GigE, devices in the near future. After providing a...