The repertoire of PRODOC Translations also includes technical translations in the fields of IPCs and network technology.
Overview of IPCs and network technology
IPC stands for Industry Personal Computer and is the industrial counterpart to the commonly known personal computer or PC which is found in the majority of households and offices.
Network technology is generally used for the networking of electronic systems.
The world’s biggest and most well-known network is the Internet – however, so-called Intranets for companies and networks for automating industry production have become increasingly important, particularly in the last decade.
PRODOC references in the field of IPCs and network technology
We are proud to have the following companies as our customers in the area of IPCs and network technology:
Technical Translation of product information for all important components of the IPCs and Network Technology sector, such as gateways, routers, switches, and access points is our most important service.
Particularly in this information technology-related area, our repertoire usually includes Software Localization into the languages of the anticipated users.
Network technology overview
Without network technology, which makes communication possible between as many components of a production system as possible via Bus Systems, the essentially automated production of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things would be inconceivable.
Of course, the technology of networks like this is not just the basis for modern Industrial Automation.
As the technical basis of the Internet, it has long since been present in the majority of private households.
Communication within networks takes place using so-called protocols. The most well-known examples are TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) and IP (Internet Protocol), which are used for the Internet.
During our technical translation work, we are confronted with these technologies on a daily basis and we also define efficient workflows in order to directly translate the corresponding configuration files. An example can be found in our post regarding the Translation of IODD files.
Network architecture and transmission technology
The two most important criteria of successful network technology are network architecture and the transmission technology.
Ethernet is usually used in the majority of local company and home networks, whereby copper or fiber-optic cables are used if no wireless technology is implemented.
The popular WLAN and mobile radio networks of our everyday lives are commonly used wireless technologies.
In critical systems in which security plays a crucial role, such as in the automotive or the financial sector, so-called token ring technology is often used in which token packets are used to determine which system can transmit for how long and the amount of data that can be transmitted.
Hardware components of network technology
As well as passive components such as cables and antennas, active components are also required for a functioning network. These include gateways, routers, switches and access points. These components can also be partially implemented in virtual form.
Overview of IPCs
In the majority of cases, an IPC is basically comparable with a PC from a structural point of view.
However, it fulfills completely different tasks.
In many cases, IPCs are a constituent of larger systems in which multiple IPCs and all kinds of other devices may communicate with each other.
It is important for an IPC to have a robust design
IPCs also have to fulfill greater hardware and software demands.
IPCs are expected to withstand strong external influences without damage, since entire production processes depend on them, among other things.
IPC failures must be avoided if possible, because they can cause major financial losses.
Accordingly, IPCs are also usually much more expensive than the mass-produced PCs for everyday requirements.
The industrial environment, be it in a production hall or even outdoors, is basically on the harsh side, and the electronics of an IPC must be significantly better protected than those of a PC.
IPCs must also be specially shielded against electromagnetic interference.
An IPC must be as easy to maintain as possible. Ideally, maintenance work on the hardware should not be necessary, because loss of production has to be avoided.
The software of IPCs must also fulfill important criteria. For example, IPC systems must run stably for as long as possible.
A crash can bring the entire production operation to a standstill, which could cost a tremendous amount of money.
In some cases IPCs must also process data in real time and be integrated into the existing network.
The operation of an IPC is also an important issue. Particularly if companies operate internationally, it is important for industrial enterprises to optimize communication and documentation. High-quality Software localization and Technical Documentation such as that which is provided by PRODOC Translations are particularly in demand for the IPC sector.
We have expert knowledge in the following product groups of the IPC and Network Technology sector:
AS-i safety network components
WiFi network solutions
Industrial routers and switches
Individually configurable PC systems
Industrial PCs for special applications
News from our customer Bihl+Wiedemann in the network technology sector:
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