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Unmanaged switches for harsh duty Ethernet networks

08 January 2013

Molex has introduced the Brad Direct-Link unmanaged switches available in 5- and 8-port modules, featuring the company’s Ultra-Lock push-pull technology.

The IP67 sealed switch modules are said to provide a fast, simple and secure on-machine Ethernet switch solution, reducing network cabling and installation costs.

The Ethernet switch modules allow users to quickly convert from traditional in-cabinet to on-machine mounting. Relocating the switch closer to the machine reduces installation time and costs for lengthy wiring runs, cabling and protected cabinet enclosures. The Ultra-Lock system of switch connectors and cordsets features a full sealed connection and secure mating, with easy push-pull plug-and-play installation.

Suitable for installations located in extreme temperature conditions, the Direct-Link 8-port switches operate in -40 to +75°C. Tested to NEMA 6 and IP67 environmental ratings, the Ultra-Lock connection ensures continuous operation in ambient dust, pressure washing and submersion in water.

The new switch modules are compatible with other Brad industrial products, including cordsets, receptacles, field-attachable connectors, I/O modules, PC interfaces, gateways, switches and diagnostic tools.

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