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New troubleshooting tools help maintenance staff manage challenges of industrial Ethernet

Mississauga, ON – Fluke Networks has developed a wide range of troubleshooting and management tool sets for t...

Mississauga, ON – Fluke Networks has developed a wide range of troubleshooting and management tool sets for the industrial Ethernet market.  Its industrial Ethernet solutions, along with electrical test solutions from sister company Fluke Corporation (and Fluke Electronics Canada), can help plant maintenance professionals quickly troubleshoot industrial network issues, prevent reoccurrence of these issues and improve uptime and plant productivity.


Industrial Ethernet use is projected to grow 50% each year for the next five years, replacing an assortment of analogue devices and vendor-proprietary communication links that perform critical plant automation and process management tasks.



This transition offers lower costs and simpler operation through standardized components and a mature, proven technology, but it also creates a challenge. Ethernet was developed in relatively clean office settings, and now must perform in the harsh environment of the factory. This puts increased importance on the quality of the installation, as well as requiring ongoing monitoring for degradation from heat, corrosion and vibration.


Ethernet also adds a new technology segment to the plant maintenance professional’s growing list of responsibilities.


Responding to comments from current industrial Ethernet users, such as “downtime is $3,500 per hour” and “I need to check the cabling before making the expensive call to the integrator,” Fluke and Fluke Networks have assembled a set of industrial Ethernet test and measurement tools that address the new responsibilities placed on plant maintenance professionals.


Now maintenance staff can troubleshoot problems ranging from electrical wiring and discrete devices to cable degradation, signal interference and network traffic issues.


The new industrial Ethernet solutions offered by Fluke and Fluke Networks cover three primary areas where industrial networking issues can occur: the network, electrical signaling, and cabling infrastructure.  

The industrial Ethernet solutions are supported by an online solution centre that offers quick links to troubleshooting guides, white papers and training information. More information can be found at