Etherent switches support Precision Time Protocol

11 August 2015

HARTING has expanded its range of Fast Track Ethernet switches for industrial applications with the FTS 3000-PTP range of managed switches.

The new devices feature Precision Time Protocol (PTP) enabling the creation of high-precision industrial networks in which all components of the automation process can be synchronised for time-critical applications.

The FTS 3000-PTP managed Ethernet switches support PTP in accordance with IEEE 1588v2 and can detect automation frames and accelerate them so that they always arrive at the destination in time, independent of the network load. Besides the Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), the switches support the Media Redundancy Protocol (MRP) for ring wiring and can be installed in various topologies. As a result, switch availability is boosted and system downtime is reduced.

The new Ethernet switches are available as a copper variant with ten RJ45 ports or, for use with fibre-optic lines, as a version with eight RJ45 Ports and two SFP slots. Typical applications include industrial installations demanding high performance and determinism, including drives and controls, test & measurement equipment or the synchronisation of networks in wind energy systems.

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