Tuesday 8 April 2014

Unmanaged industrial Ethernet switches combine versatility, cost-effectiveness and ease of installation!

Harting has introduced two new families of unmanaged Ethernet switches that are optimised for use in harsh industrial environments and offer a choice of compact designs for economy and ease of installation in a variety of customer applications.

With over 200 different models to choose from, along with a choice of RJ45 or fibre-optic cable ports, the Harting Ha-VIS eCon 2000 and 3000 unmanaged Ethernet switches enable the cost-effective expansion of existing network infrastructures as well as the development of new industrial networks.

These compact “plug & play” switches can be easily and quickly put into operation. Two different compact, space-saving housing designs designed for “top hat” rail mounting guarantee the best possible use of available space in the switch cabinet.

The eCon 3000 family is based on a very narrow form factor with a width of 25 mm which permits high packing density in the control cabinet, helping users to save costs. The eCon 2000 family, on the other hand, has a flat design with a depth of 27 mm which permits greatly reduced installation depth at the point of utilisation.

Units in the Ha-VIS eCon 3000 family each feature up to ten Fast Ethernet ports and offer economical and fast options to expand or set up network infrastructures. Full Gigabit switches are available with up to seven ports each for applications with high data throughput. The slim design of the switches also allows them to be positioned on the carrier rail with a very high packing density. Thanks to the DIN rail clip that is integrated into the housing, these switches can be swiftly and simply installed in the field, which consequently helps save money and time.

Switches in the Ha-VIS eCon 2000 family each offer up to 16 Fast Ethernet ports and are also available in a 7-port full Gigabit version. This allows customers to expand or set up network infrastructures in a time-saving, economical way. Owing to the extremely flat design, the switches can also be accommodated in installations where space is restricted towards the cable connection at the front. RJ45 and fibre-optic ports are located on the front of the switches, allowing cables to be connected quickly and simply.

Power over Ethernet (PoE) allows power to be supplied to end devices directly via the Ethernet data cable. PoE+ is a standard for the parallel transfer of energy and data using twisted pair cables. Switches based on the PoE+ standard offer more power for optional end devices. The new eCon ranges include switches with a 54 V supply voltage and models with integrated voltage converters which allow the use of standard 24 V power supplies. Using these switches consequently reduces the cabling effort, while saving time and money.

The switches are designed for use over the industrial temperature range from -40°C to +70°C, and comply with the relevant standards for use in the maritime and transportation markets.

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