Industry 4.0 would demand data, power supply and pneumatics in one connector to significantly reduce the retrofit times of a modular production plant…Ethernet cables in a production environment must be substantially more robust than LAN cables in an office environment.
— Marc Jarrault
CTO, LAPP Asia Pacific
What does all this leave cables, which are traditionally thought of as an 'old technology'? The answer is, cables remain as relevant as ever amidst changing demands on connectivity, due in part to restrictions in wireless technology. Simply put, advances in the field can go as far as cable components can take them. To realise our Industry 4.0 ambition and take a few confident strides forward to a seamless transition, connectivity solutions that enable increasingly automated and complex factory infrastructures are now needed more than ever. In anticipation of this, LAPP has put its expertise into predictive maintenance for data cables as well as developing cables for industrial direct current applications.