The Westermo Wolverine Line Extenders (backside proper) take away the necessity to set up new fiber optic cabling.
ILLINOIS — Westermo expertise has enabled an economical improve of the information communications community supporting new PLCs at water pumping stations in Bedford Park, Illinois, USA. Westermo Wolverine Line Extenders have enabled the present cabling to be reused for a brand new resilient Ethernet community, serving to to significantly cut back set up time and prices.
The ageing PLCs that managed tools at three pumping stations had been changing into out of date, with upkeep necessities growing and sourcing spare elements difficult. It was determined that the PLCs would get replaced, together with the supporting knowledge community, which was primarily based on a proprietary protocol and didn’t supply the mandatory reliability or performance.
Concentric Integration, an organization specializing in utility expertise for governments and municipalities, was tasked with upgrading the system to extend its reliability and guarantee it might be supported sooner or later. A brand new Ethernet community was required, however the value of changing current cabling with fiber was not solely very costly, however additionally extraordinarily time-consuming.
Concentric Integration turned to Westermo for help and the corporate’s Wolverine vary of Ethernet line extenders supplied the best answer to this problem. The Wolverine extenders make the most of SHDSL expertise on twisted pair cables to ascertain a high-speed distant connection between two Ethernet networks. As a substitute of putting in fiber or radio hyperlinks, the SHDSL expertise offers an economical answer utilizing the current cables.
In whole, 9 Wolverine DDW-142-485 Line Extenders are getting used to create networks supporting PLC to PLC communications for the three pumping stations. A single line extender is put in on the predominant pump stations and one other at every underground metering and inlet vault.
The Wolverine line extenders enabled knowledge to be transmitted over a distance of about 0.3 miles from a distant web site to every pumping station utilizing an current two-wire telecom cable. Critically, the Wolverine line extenders are designed to offer extraordinarily dependable and resilient knowledge transmission regardless of the noisy setting and a number of surge protectors on the pumping stations. The flexibility to regulate the knowledge charges helped to create a really secure connection. The built-in instruments inside the Westermo WeOS working system displaying the signal-to-noise ratio and different statistics of the SHDSL line assisted with troubleshooting and configuring the items.
“The Wolverines can type a community over any kind of copper cables, which made it attainable to create a really cost-effective answer utilizing the pre-existing telecom cable,” defined Benjamin Campbell, technical engineer at Westermo. “The WeOS working system, which has been developed to simplify configuration and administration of the units, made the improve simple and problem-free.”
“Not solely had been we in a position to perform the venture effectively and efficiently, however the Wolverine Ethernet extenders enabled each vital venture value financial savings and time financial savings as we didn’t want to put in new cabling,” mentioned Michael Klein, president of Concentric Integration. “We had been additionally very proud of the help supplied to us by Westermo through the venture.”