Robust gigabit Ethernet switches

10 February 2015

At the SPS/IPC/Drives 2014 event Moxa demonstrated a new class of Gigabit Ethernet switches – the EDS E series – for use in large-scale networks to converge field applications in extreme industrial environments.

According to a recent IMS report, the global number of industrial Ethernet nodes at supervisory and control levels are growing at an average rate of 15%. However, the number of field-level nodes is growing at a rate of around 36%. If industrial Ethernet technology is increasingly being deployed at remote field locations, industrial Ethernet switch reliability will need to be robust enough to handle harsh field site conditions.

The EDS E series features Level 4 EMS protection, severe shock/vibration resistance, and includes a thermal fin designed to reduce switch temperatures by 5°C or more. It also includes features designed to improve network manageability.
The robust switches are Class 1, Div. 2/ATEX Zone 2, DNV, NEMA TS2, EN 50121-4, and IEEE 1613 Class 2 compliant. A new DIN-rail mounting kit design is said to resist severe vibration, and offers a reduced energy consumption of up to 30% with IEEE 802.3az.

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