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Signal transmission solutions

Belden delivers complete industrial LAN solution
for largest pharmaceutical plant in Saudi Arabia

Belden reliability, coupled with complete, fast and trouble-free plantwide industrial LAN deployment makes Saudi Pharmaceutical Company ready for Industry 4.

Belden Inc, a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, was selected by Saudi Pharmaceutical Industries  & Medical Appliances Corporation (SPIMACO) to provide a new network solution for its Al-Qassim Plant, the largest pharmaceutical plant in Saudi Arabia.

The plant, which covers 150,000 square meters, including over 60,000 square meters of buildings, is operated by 500 highly qualified professionals and has earned national quality awards and attained major international certifications.

Working in close cooperation with project leader ZMS Technology from Stuttgart, Germany, Belden needed to integrate all of the plant's medicine manufacturing machines into a single network, with centralized Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES).

The Belden network solution is resilient and fully scalable in all directions. It incorporates the latest security features and functions in line with the requirements of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Moreover, installation in the demanding clean-room environment of a modern pharmaceutical plant was achieved in record time without disturbing running operations.

A total of 500 IP nodes were installed to communicate with the central MES. This involved installation of most of the panels outside the hygiene area, in locations such as corridors and walkable ceilings. The industrial network was designed and executed to the highest standards, while controlling costs to meet the approved budget. The network, with Hirschmann and Belden components, meets or exceeds the specified real-time control and reliability needs, and it will deliver many years of productive infrastructure use.

"In our industry, reliability is the key. We found that the ZMS/Belden team was very responsive and involved. They made everything crystal clear from the beginning." said Mansour Al-Rebdi of SPIMACO, who added: "From planning to actual deployment it took approximately 9 months - and in fact, once we completed the planning, everything worked very quickly."

ZMS Technology's Shariq Khan said: "After proving that the Belden/Hirschmann Solution total cost of ownership is much lower than any of the other available solutions in the market, the SPIMACO technical team quickly decided in favor of the Belden/Hirschmann Solution."

He concluded: "Based on our 15 years of field experience in both the European and Middle Eastern markets, we were able to ensure from the very start of the design phase until the final execution that SPIMACO's investment is well placed for the next decade, especially with regard to Industry 4.0 capabilities."

SPIMACO in profile
Saudi Pharmaceutical Industries & Medical Appliances Corporation (SPIMACO) ( is a Saudi Joint-Stock company with a fully paid-up capital of SR 600 million. It was established in 1986 with the main objective of setting up an advanced pharmaceutical industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for the local production of medicines and medical appliances and to market these products inside the Kingdom and for Export. SPIMACO has developed a strong position in Saudi Arabia and is well positioned to sustain its growth and have a sound platform to serve export markets.

SPIMACO main manufacturing facility - Al-Qassim Pharmaceutical Plant was planned, constructed and equipped up to the highest quality levels. SPIMACO earned a number of national quality awards and attained major international certifications.

ZMS Technology in profile
ZMS Technology ( was founded in 2005 near Stuttgart, Germany and has a local presence in the Middle East. With a combined partner experience of 25 years in Industrial Communication and Energy management, the company is the supplier and service provider of choice for distributing innovative industrial products in the Middle East region.

Since 2011, ZMS Technology has been a Hirschmann Partner for Technical Services and Trainings in the Middle East for its Industrial Ethernet product range. The company focuses on the design, supply and commission of Industrial Ethernet communication systems and Energy Management Solutions and provides comprehensive maintenance / audits.

ZMS Technology specializes in turnkey Industrial Ethernet and energy management solutions for infrastructure projects in Manufacturing, Energy, Oil & Gas, with systems that are custom designed, engineered and built for harsh environments such as Refineries, LNG, Gas, Petrochemical and Manufacturing plants.

Belden in profile
Belden Inc., a global leader in high quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions, delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today's applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

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As an early innovator in industrial Ethernet, Belden knows industrial IT and delivers the next generation of industrial networking solutions, including wired, wireless and embedded products. With its global brands - Hirschmann, GarrettCom and Tofino Security - Belden helps companies minimize downtime and take advantage of the real-time data access and control made possible by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Through a seamless, secure and scalable industrial Ethernet infrastructure, companies are equipped to revolutionize their operations and achieve improved efficiency, productivity and agility.

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