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Discover PoE Gigabit: Streamlined Power, Enhanced Vision

POSTED 04/08/2024

Biomanufacturing is a manufacturing process that utilises biological systems, such as living cells or microorganisms, to produce commercially valuable products. Commonly employed in the production of medicines, vaccines, enzymes, biofuels, and a wide range of bioproducts, biotech offers a sustainable and efficient method for large-scale production with applications in pharmaceuticals, healthcare, food and beverage processing, and various industrial sectors.

For one leading biotech company, vision systems are employed for critical tasks such as inspecting products for defects, verifying assembly processes, and ensuring overall product quality. The integration of vision systems within their facility enhances the capabilities of their machines, allowing them to ‘see’ and respond to the environment, ultimately improving production accuracy and reducing the need for manual intervention.

The biotech manufacturer’s vision systems, essential for stringent quality control and adherence to regulatory requirements, involve multiple cameras, sensors, and other devices distributed across a vast facility. Brainboxes newly developed range of Power over Ethernet (PoE) Gigabit Ethernet switches were pivotal to the system, providing the necessary network infrastructure to support communication between the various components and serving as a central connectivity hub.

Managing data transmission and power distribution for the numerous cameras and sensors distributed across the production floor became a logistical challenge. The automatic PoE negotiation and centralised power management offered by the PoE Gigabit Ethernet Brainboxes simplified the installation by allowing the transmission of both data and power over a single Ethernet cable, ensuring seamless and efficient operation.

The Gigabit Ethernet speed of the switches proved instrumental, facilitating rapid data transmission crucial for real-time decision-making in the biotech manufacturing environment. Simple integration with image processing applications significantly elevated the manufacturer’s ability to maintain the highest quality standards in their production processes.

With Brainboxes PoE Gigabit Ethernet switches at the core of their vision system, the biotech manufacturer witnessed a substantial improvement in operational efficiency. The once complex network of cables on the production floor transformed into a streamlined system, whilst the scalability of the switch range will accommodate future growth, enabling the integration of additional devices without disrupting existing infrastructure.

PoE Gigabit: Simplifying Power Management

Managing power for multiple devices leads to increased installation challenges and maintenance efforts. Brainboxes switches, with their automatic PoE negotiation and centralised power management, offer a solution that simplifies installations. This not only addresses power management complexities but also streamlines the overall installation and maintenance processes.

Eliminate Infrastructure Complexity

Cluttered setups, multiple plugs, and frequent maintenance checks (including EICR and PAT tests) are common issues in the manufacturing environment. The switches eliminate the need for numerous AC adapters and reduce the points of failure. Designed for easy integration, Brainboxes switches also ensure compatibility with various components and systems, resulting not just in enhanced connectivity but a cleaner, more efficient infrastructure.

Cost and Resource Efficiency

Balancing the need for advanced features and capabilities with budget constraints is a perpetual challenge. Brainboxes Ethernet switches are a cost-effective solution, providing the necessary features without compromising on performance, aligning with the biotech manufacturer’s commitment to efficiency within budget constraints.

Reliability to Reduce Downtime

System downtime can significantly impact overall operational efficiency. Efficient power management not only ensures streamlined installations but also actively works to reduce downtime. This reliability becomes a key factor in maintaining the continuous operation of the vision system, contributing to the overall efficiency of the vision systems.

For the biotech company, vision systems play a crucial role in various tasks, and the deployment of PoE Gigabit Ethernet switches has significantly improved the efficiency of these systems. Addressing the challenges of power management complexity, infrastructure clutter, budget constraints, and system reliability, Brainboxes switches have become integral to optimising and maintaining continuous operations and contributing to the overall reliability and efficiency of the vision systems.