Making convergence real inside the plant. Controls engineers have a strong domain knowledge of plant- level system integration of highly complex process automation and PLC systems, while IT engineers have a strong domain knowledge of deploying highly disparate data services on a single network derived from voice, video and data convergence. This course provides both with a sufficient level of knowledge to allow them either to collaboratively architect a converged multi-service plant-wide network, or to operate as a credible domain expert in a multi-function team under the leadership of their counterpart.

Module 21: Industrial Zone Overview
Understand the key systems, functions and equipment that exist within the Industrial Zone and outside of the Cell/Area zone. These include:
  • Level 3 Site Operations
  • Distribution and Core switches
  • Unified Wireless
  • Resiliency and Topology Options for Inter-Cell/Area Zone Integration

Module 22: Worked Scenario and Quiz
Interactively walk through the network design for a complex machine. The scenario starts with a description of the devices that are connected to the machine and finishes with a network design ready to be integrated into the plant-wide IACS network that will be explored through the remainder of this course.

Module 23: Layer 3 Network Functions
Expand your knowledge of switching technologies to include the functions that are typically deployed within a Layer 3 switch. This will enable consistent operation and internetworking between multiple Cell/Area zones, Level 3 site operations and the IDMZ. These include:
  • Routing Operation/Types – Connected, Static, Dynamic
  • Routing Protocols – EIGRP, OSPF
  • Router Redundancy Protocols – VRRP, HSRP, GLBP
  • Data Prioritization
  • IGMP Querier

Module 24: Line Integration
Examine the network requirements for inter-Cell/Area zone communications and the deployment of coordinating line/system-level controllers. Topics covered include:
  • Time Synchronization Across Networks
  • EtherNet/IP Producer-Consumer Between Networks
  • OPC

Module 25: High-Availability Networks
Understand the design considerations for a high-availability infrastructure between the distribution and access layers, distribution and core layers, core and IDMZ of the network. Issues addressed include:
  • Collapsed and independent core and distribution architectures
  • Virtual Switching System (VSS) at Core
  • Switch Stack at Distribution
  • Flex Links
  • EtherChannel
  • Parallel Redundancy Protocol
  • Resilient Ethernet Protocol
  • Power System Resiliency

Module 26: Network Services
Explore the interaction of software and network services and how network services should be deployed. Included in this module will be:
  • Domain Name Services
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
  • Network Time Protocol
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • Identity Services Engine (RADIUS)
  • Redundant Servers
  • Network Discovery & Documentation

Module 27: Production Management Software & Servers
Explore the network implications of high availability servers and distributed clients, including:
  • Application Types
  • Stack-wise Servers
  • Client-server Protocols (Thin & Thick, Web & App)
  • Database Management Protocols
  • Network Loading
  • Network Diagnostics

Module 28: Industrial Zone Security
Discuss the common software applications deployed in the Industrial Zone and the network interactions and data flows they generate. Explore appropriate tools to secure these data flows, including:
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Identity Services
  • Policy Enforcement
  • Application Security
  • Downloadable Access Control Lists
  • Physical Access Management

Module 29: Voice, Video & Streaming Data Services
Understand the interaction between real-time IACS data services and non-IACS services, such as voice and video. Learn best practices and consequences for deployment of surveillance and diagnostic cameras within a network architecture and methods to incorporate voice services.

Module 30: Converged Wireless Architectures
Gain guidance on designing a centrally managed, converged unified wireless network architecture by covering:
  • Voice, Video & Data Services
  • Guest Internet Access
  • Employee & Partner network access
  • SSID & VLAN Segmentation
  • Quality of Service
  • Wireless LAN Controller design considerations
  • Extending System Security to Wireless
  • High Availability
  • Performance Expectations

Module 31: Zone Distribution Physical Layer
Explore best practices for wide-scale structured network deployment across the Industrial Zone and integration of that structured approach with Cell/Area zone network designs. Areas of discussion include:
  • Zone Distribution Approaches
  • Physical Isolation of Network Infrastructure and Device
  • Backbone Segmentation
  • Thermal Management
  • Pathway and Cable Management Best Practices
  • Network Identification

Module 32: Industrial Zone Review
Recognize the common themes that have been a pervasive thread through all of the Industrial Zone modules with these concluding remarks and quiz