The backbone of a control system is the network that it sits on. Network planning is an important step and proper network design is critical to today's systems. Our network design teams can work with your network administrators to ensure your control system network is optimized and secure. More and more companies are looking to tie their control system networks in with their corporate networks because it makes management easier, allows data sharing between systems, and allows a corporate wide security plan. Custom Control can design control networks in new or existing projects to allow for easy merging. We will work with your network administration group through all the steps to ensure a smooth and successful migration.
The number of network protocols seems to be growing every day and getting devices to communicate often represents a large obstacle. At Custom Control, we have a long history of making systems talk to each other.
For most cases, there are devices or software readily available that can be used to do this conversion. Our network design teams are always researching and testing conversion devices to see which ones work best for each situation. Before a new converter is put into service, it is thoroughly tested to minimize the possibility of problems.
In those cases where nothing exists to directly convert the network protocols that are needed, Custom Control has the ability to create a custom solution.
Whether you need copper, fiber, or a combination of both media for your network, Custom Control has the knowledge. Our network design teams will work with you to choose the best hardware and paths for your needs. Distance, security, noise resistance, speed, and bandwidth for your particular application are all considered during the design phase.
We can specify network, cabling, interface, and termination equipmentas well as any conversion modules that may be necessary. Even when working with legacy or specialized devices that do not support fiber media, we can recommend equipment that will convert formats as required.
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation's (NERC) enforcement of critical infrastructure protection (CIP) is a vital consideration in any utility based project. While each utility corporation is responsible for ensuring their compliance, it is important to account for those requirements during the design and implementation of any project. Custom Control has worked with many major utility companies in all the different phases of NERC CIP compliance.
We have retrofitted existing systems to make them conform to the company's NERC CIP guidelines. Working as consultants on new installations, we have taken the role of liaison between the utility and skid providers to merge all the different systems into a compliant, site wide network. As balance of plant provider, we have designed networks that were ready to be integrated directly into the site wide structure.
In all instances, Custom Control works closely with the utility company's NERC CIP team to ensure smooth and accurate integration at all levels.