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The Right Cables for BUS Systems

Lapp Bus cablesImagine saving up to buy a brand new television: the most beautiful, obnoxiously large screen you’ve ever seen with full HD quality. After finally scrimping and saving to be able to afford the luxury, you buy it, take it home, bring your new favourite toy out of its box only to discover its missing a power cable.

This is exactly what it’s like if you forget your cables for BUS systems.

You can have the most advanced hierarchy imaginable on paper but without the right cables to suit the right applications, your actual cabling might underperform. Sometimes this can even lead to a lack of revenue because your conveyor belts are working below-par against schedule, meaning that you miss out on your quota. In the fast-moving field of engineering and factory production, slowing down for even a second can mean that you get left behind.

Luckily, if you do your research on the right kind of BUS cables then you can be assured that everything is running smoothly. There are even companies throughout the world who specialise in helping you handpick the correct cabling systems for all your applications.
So why do you need cables for your systems?

Any feat of automation is only possible because of a high quality network/hierarchy of cables that work together to transmit data between different levels of information and importance. A relatable way to think of this is to picture a typical place of employment. You have your regular employees who report to their department heads, who in turn report to their superiors and so on and so on until it reaches the head of the company. The head then has final governance over what steps are taken next.

This is exactly how it is within a network: the BUS cables are at the bottom of the pile and yet they do all the heavy lifting; in this case, transmitting important data around hierarchy for other parts to analyse. This means that the BUS cables themselves are the most important facet to consider when building your network as without them, nothing would get done.

There are so many different kinds of BUS cables that it can sometimes be a real chore to figure out which one is right. Some of the most prevalent ones include PROFIBUS cables, SafetyBUS and those with an AS-interface (AS-i).

Profibus Cables
First popularised by Siemens, Profibus refers to the quality standard when it comes to communication within an automation solution and has been since 1989. It was first introduced to allow a common process between all kinds of different engineering companies for cable production.

SafetyBUS Cables
Health and safety in the workplace has never been more key than it is in the 21st century and particularly when it comes to any kind of factory engineering. Heavy duty machinery can cause serious issues upon malfunction but these cables allow you to safely halt production.

AS-interface (AS-I Bus Cables)
This was created as an inexpensive solution for those wanting to implement a high quality fieldbus but on a shoestring budget. Though it might not be 100% as suitable for all applications as its BUS cousins, it’s still a great temporary fix for those wanting a hand when starting up.

These are all some of the great solutions for your BUS requirements but where can you get them all from? You should always seek out suppliers that have years of experience because they will know what they’re doing, helping you to find out what it is you need to be doing!

Lapp are one such business and have decades of experience when it comes to providing high quality cabling solutions to engineers throughout the world. Call them on 020 8758 7800 or email sales@lapplimited.com for more information.

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