Technology and environment
 are the two main considerations to take into account when designing an industrial network. When weighing factors such as redundancy, mean time to failure and network topology, new technologies allow you to create a robust and resilient industrial network infrastructure. However, industrial networks also need to be planned and built for rugged applications and environmental conditions.

 

Once the right network technology decisions have been made, Anixter’s Levels for Industrial Environments uses technology and environment requirements to simplify product choices and deliver performance, scalability and reliability for mission-critical systems.

 

Explore Anixter's Levels by reviewing the definitions and criteria that classify each level, then explore the products that fit within those environments by clicking on the button below.

Levels Defined

Level 1
Level 1 of Anixter’s Levels for Industrial Environments

Level 1 is a controlled area located inside an industrial facility where cabling components are secured from physical damage and protected from harsh or industrial environments.

 

This level is typically located inside a climate-controlled area where the connecting and reconnecting of cables and patch cords is infrequent. These areas can include industrial offices, control rooms and environmentally controlled enclosures.

 


Level 2
Level 2 of Anixter’s Levels for Industrial Environments

Level 2 is located inside an industrial facility where cabling and components are subjected to more extreme ambient temperatures, humidity and potential damage.

 

This level is typically located inside a light industrial facility where machines and devices require occasional connection and reconnection for maintenance and movement. These areas could include assembly, dry packaging, warehouse and enclosed cabinets.

 


Level 3
Level 3 of Anixter’s Levels for Industrial Environments

Level 3 is located in a harsh industrial area where cabling and components are exposed to oil, solvents, cleaning agents, lubricants, water, wide varying temperatures, humidity and dust.

 

These areas can be subject to wash downs, heavy vibrations and occasional forces of shock. Machine operators frequently connect and reconnect plugs and receptacles to move, clean or maintain equipment. These areas could include automation islands, robotics, welding, heavy machining, industrial equipment and exposed environments.