Belden Inc., a signal transmission solution provider for mission-critical applications, rolled out a certification program to help ensure customers’ industrial networks are reliable, adaptable and support growing control and information needs.
Unlike ad hoc networks with partial product warranties, Belden now certifies entire industrial networks, providing peace-of-mind and minimized downtime through enhanced warranties and dedicated customer support.
Whether it is a new network or making updates to an existing system, Belden’s Certified Industrial Network Program supports and guides the process.
“We’re here to help customers get their network infrastructure right the first time, with room to grow and a full support system behind them,” said Brian Oulton, director of initiative and vertical marketing at Belden. “Only networks that meet our strict design standards, with positive test results, are certified.”
“Certifying entire industrial networks is new to the market and Belden, with its deep manufacturing expertise and breadth of product offerings, is well positioned to deliver this service,” said Chantal Polsonetti, vice president of advisory services at ARC Advisory Group. “What stands out with the program is the flexibility to allow customers to change and evolve their networks over time.”
The program provides:
• Dual expertise and counsel: Belden partners with top system integrators in the industry – training them on best practices in network design, installation and testing – to provide “Belden Certified” networks. At each step of the certification process, two sets of experts – Belden and an authorized provider – work to meet operational requirements and minimize areas of risk.
• Flexibility for the future: Knowing that networks need to continue evolving to meet changing needs, Belden designs for growth. This includes expansion guidelines for customers to make changes on their own, while retaining Belden Certified status.
• Confidence for decades: Instead of a limited warranty on individual components, a Belden Certified network includes a limited lifetime warranty on networking components such as switches, significantly lowering the total cost of ownership.
• Products that work: As a provider of cable, connectivity, networking and security products, Belden can certify and guarantee an entire network of products.
Belden trained and qualified its first group of industrial network solution providers to design, install, configure and test companies’ new or expanded industrial Ethernet infrastructures.
“Using one of our trained industrial providers to design and implement a Belden Certified network is a way for companies to ensure that their control and information networks are reliable, adaptable, secure and invisible,” said Steve Biegacki, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Belden.