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Profinet-compatible switch with a slim design

04 March 2014

Phoenix Contact has introduced a compact version to its range of automation switches, to accommodate its use in PROFINET systems.

The new FL SWITCH SMN 8TX-PN, with eight 10/100 Mbps copper ports, can be configured and diagnosed using the PROFINET Device function in the PC Worx and Step 7 engineering tools. 

Automatic LLDP topology detection and the MRP redundancy mechanism, makes the switch suitable for Conformance Class B PROFINET networks, says the company.

The switches can be used in both PROFINET and EtherNet/IP networks. During initial start-up, the operating mode that contains the relevant functions of the particular protocol is activated at the touch of a button.

The switches support the Media Redundancy Protocol (MRP) according to IEC 62439 which allows any device to act as a Media Redundancy Manager (MRM) via an MRM plug. Furthermore, an interchangeable configuration memory module guarantees fast device replacement when a fault or malfunction occurs. 

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