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Industrial Ethernet network reliability depends heavily on successful network packet delivery. Network packets are the lifeblood of manufacturing—controlling equipment, collecting data, sending reports, capturing video, etc. When network packets fail to arrive at their destination device, such as an Industrial Ethernet switch, equipment may stop or critical production data may vanish, leading to costly downtime. Deploying properly structured cabling is a proven reliability strategy that eliminates or minimizes long-term (minutes or hours) or intermittent (lasting seconds to sub-seconds) network packet failures throughout the network life cycle. This paper from Panduit compares the reliability of structured versus point-to-point cabling from installation to end-of-life within the context of the reliability bathtub curve.

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