Are you familiar with the Standards and Connector types involved?
All Industrial Ethernet applications are designed to work on twisted pair copper or fiber cabling similar to that used in “regular” Ethernet, with some modifications for the hazards of factory environments - such as mechanical vibration, intrusion of contaminants, wide temperature changes and electromagnetic noise.
The Standards organisations have developed a set of specifications to define potential environmental conditions within industrial sites. These are known as the mechanical, ingress, climatic/chemical, electromagnetic (MICE) specifications. MICE level 1 for office environments up to MICE 3 for heavy industrial.
In order to meet these requirements, vendors have developed specialized cabling and connectors - connectors get special scrutiny as they can be a point of ingress. Hence, Fluke Networks have launched 2 new adapters for their DSX range - M12D and M12X.
Below you will find a bunch of usefull materials to get you up to speed on how to test the copper cabling in Industrial Ethernet environments.