Perle Ethernet extenders work in Canadian Explosives Laboratory

  • April 21, 2015
  • Perle Systems
  • Case Study

April 21, 2015— Perle Systems supplied  Ethernet Extenders  to the Canadian Explosives Research Laboratory to provide services at a safe distance from explosive field tests.

The project was to test a new pump used in the mining industry to pump emulsion explosives into boreholes for blasting.  During the test the pump would contain 20kg of high explosives.  If the test failed, metal shrapnel would be lethal for a 1km radius.

"We needed to test the new pump to ensure it would not explode if anything went wrong,” explains Lorne McCauley, Explosives Technologist at Canadian Explosives Research Laboratory. “Needless to say, I did not want to be anywhere near this pump if it blew.”

Lorne continues, "I built a network with a slave computer on site and a remote computer in a reinforced building 330 metres away through a forest. All feeds went to, and were controlled by, the master computer.  I used the Perle Ethernet Extenders to connect the remote computer to the master. As soon as they were turned on, the comms came right up. I can’t say that for all of the equipment. I’m very happy with the performance and functionality of Perle Ethernet Extenders. They made me look like I knew what I was doing."

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is a federal government deparent specializing in the sustainable development and use of natural resources, energy, minerals and metals, forests, and earth sciences. At NRCan, we deal with natural resource issues that are important to Canadians.

The CANMET Canadian Explosives Research Laboratory (CERL), part of the Explosives Branch of Natural Resources Canada, is the only Canadian government laboratory dealing with commercial explosives and equipment for use in hazardous locations, and one of the few in the world. If used unwisely or improperly, explosives can be extremely dangerous. Much of the work at CERL is aimed at protecting Canadians by improving the safety of explosives during manufacture, transportation and use, and by reducing the harmful effects of explosions.

 About Perle Systems 

Perle Systems is a developer, manufacturer and vendor of high-reliability and richly featured connectivity and device networking products. These products are used to connect remote users reliably and securely to central servers for a wide variety of business applications. Since 1976, Perle has distinguished itself through extensive networking technology, depth of experience in major real-world network environments and long-term distribution and VAR channel relationships in major world markets. Perle has offices in 9 countries in North America, Europe and Asia and sells its products through distribution and OEM/ODE channels worldwide.

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