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What is an Industrial Ethernet Switch?


An industrial Ethernet switch is a type of network switch designed to operate in harsh industrial environments. Oil rigs, railways, manufacturing plants, and similar applications require industrial-grade network equipment that can tolerate an extended range of temperature, humidity, vibration, electrical noise, and physical contamination (oil, water sprays).

Industrial automation engineers have created industrial Ethernet switches by adapting Ethernet to accommodate the stringent, deterministic-network requirements of manufacturing automation environments and industrial networking solutions. Railway Ethernet Switches are a type of industrial network switch designed to meet parts of the EN 50155 railway-industry standard.

Types of Industrial Ethernet Switches include:

An Industrial Ethernet switch is sometimes designed to be mounted on a DIN rail—a widely used standard metal rail used to mount control equipment in industrial networking solutions. So, you may also see the term DIN-rail Ethernet switch, or simply DIN-rail switch. DIN refers to the German standards body, Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN), which published the original specifications since adopted as European (EN) and international (IEC) standard.

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

When Industrial Ethernet Switches interconnect devices that are also connected to the Internet, the technology is known as the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT may involve connecting highly-distributed physical objects to the internet for the purpose of collecting and exchanging data for monitoring and control. When the industrial network solution environment involves extreme temperatures or other harsh operating conditions (such as oil or water spray), the term is expanded as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIot) or sometimes IoT industrial solutions.

You can explore some example IoT application scenarios on Patton's IoT Solutions Web.

Learn More: Industrial Ethernet Case Studies

 

Show Me: Industrial Switch and Industrial Ethernet Switch Solutions

 
 

Unmanaged Industrial Ethernet Switch

FiberPlex FP2008E is an managed Industrial Ethernet Switch, aka industrial switch or industrial network switch
FiberPlex FP1008E
Deliver high-bandwidth or high-density industrial networking solutions using a moderate bandwidth Gigabit fiber trunk for power/utilities, water/wastewater treatment, oil/gas/mining, process control automation, security access control systems, and intelligent transportation systems.

Managed Industrial Ethernet Switch

FiberPlex FP2008E/AT PoE Industrial Switch and Industrial Ethernet Switch
FiberPlex FP2008E
Deliver high bandwidth or high density connections for industrial switching applications. Housed in a sturdy IP30-rated DIN-rail enclosure with wall mount options, the FP2008E is a fully manageable Layer 2 Ethernet switch, pre-loaded with a user-friendly web management console design.

PoE Industrial Network Switch Redundant Fiber Ring

FiberPlex FP2008E/AT PoE Industrial Switch and Industrial Ethernet Switch
FiberPlex FP2008E/AT
Deliver high bandwidth or high density connections for industrial switching applications. Housed in a sturdy IP30-rated DIN-rail enclosure with wall mount options, the FP2008E/AT provides EFT and ESD protection that prevents unregulated voltage or harmful transients. The operating temperature rating of -40 to 167°F (-40 to 75°C) supports reliable operation in harsh industrial network solutions. Physical layer interfaces include 8 x RJ45 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, capable of providing up to 30W of PoE+ to PoE+ enabled end-points and two Gigabit SFP+ slots that can be used for fiber trunk connections.

PoE Industrial Network Switch Dual Redundant Fiber Ring

FiberPlex FP2008E/AB
Patton's FP2008E/AB is a 12-port industrial gigabit PoE++ managed Ethernet switch embedded with 4*10/100/1000 802.3bt 90W/ports, 4*10/100/1000 802.3af/at 30W/ports and 4*100/1000 dual rate SFP slots for fiber connections. The FP2008E/AB is a fully-manageable Light Layer 3 Ethernet switch, pre-loaded with a user-friendly web management. It supports the ring network redundancy function using open standard ITU-T G.8032 Ethernet Ring Protection Switch (ERPS) protocol that has a <50ms network recovery time.
 

Teach Me: Ethernet Switch versus Industrial Network Switch

 
Commercial Ethernet switches are designed for installation in a business-office environment, within a temperature-controlled wiring closet. So they are rated for commercial temperature range (0—40° C) and do not publish shock and vibration specs. Industrial Ethernet Switches are rated for operation in a minimum temperature range of 0—70° C and specify shock & vibration tolerance ratings. Commercial switches typically provide a single AC power supply, while Industrial network switches typically come with redundant inputs for DC power. This power solution strengthens the weakest link: the power supply, thus ensuring maximum uptime by providing a hot-standby (back-up) power source.

Industrial Ethernet devices are often enclosed in a ruggedized encasement, and equipped with rugged, watertight connectors on one or both ends of the Cat-5 or Cat-6 cable. Such connectors include M12 connectors or M8 connectors, in contrast to the 8P8C connectors typically used in a home or business network.

Further, many Industrial Ethernet switches carry a Class I Div 2, group ABCD rating whereas commercial versions do not. This rating means the Industrial Ethernet switch can operate where explosive gases are present, which is not unusual in certain industrial network switching applications.

 
 
 
Industrial POE Switches
FiberPlex, FP1005E
Un-Managed Industrial Gigabit Ethernet Switch 6 Port 10/100/1000, 4 Copper + 1 x GigE SFP + 1 x SFP/TX Combo; industrial packaging
FiberPlex, FP1008EAT
Un-Managed Industrial Gigabit PoE+ Switch 10 Port, 8 Copper 10/100/1000 + 2 x GigE SFP; industrial packaging
FiberPlex, FP2005EBT
Industrial Gigabit Managed 90W PoE++ Switch; 7-Port 10/100/1000, 5 Copper + 2 x GigE SFP; Industrial packaging
FiberPlex, FP2008EAB
Managed Industrial Gigabit PoE+ Switch 12-Port 30W & 90W 10/100/1000, 8 Copper + 4 x GigE SFP; industrial packaging
FiberPlex, FP2008EAT
Managed Industrial Gigabit PoE+ Switch 10 Port, 8 Copper 10/100/1000 + 2 x GigE SFP; industrial packaging
Managed Industrial Switches
FiberPlex, FP2005EBT
Industrial Gigabit Managed 90W PoE++ Switch; 7-Port 10/100/1000, 5 Copper + 2 x GigE SFP; Industrial packaging
FiberPlex, FP2008E
Managed Industrial Gigabit Ethernet Switch 10 Port, 8 Copper 10/100/1000 + 2 x GigE SFP; industrial packaging
FiberPlex, FP2008EAB
Managed Industrial Gigabit PoE+ Switch 12-Port 30W & 90W 10/100/1000, 8 Copper + 4 x GigE SFP; industrial packaging
FiberPlex, FP2008EAT
Managed Industrial Gigabit PoE+ Switch 10 Port, 8 Copper 10/100/1000 + 2 x GigE SFP; industrial packaging
Un-Managed Industrial Switches
Connect-IT, CT1005EX
Unmanaged 5-port 10/100 Mbps Class 1, Division 2 Ethernet Switch, Extended Temperature 13°-158°F (-25° to 70°C)
FiberPlex, FP1004E
Un-Managed Industrial Gigabit Ethernet Switch 6 Port 10/100/1000, 4 Copper + 2 x GigE SFP; industrial TD packaging
FiberPlex, FP1005E
Un-Managed Industrial Gigabit Ethernet Switch 6 Port 10/100/1000, 4 Copper + 1 x GigE SFP + 1 x SFP/TX Combo; industrial packaging
FiberPlex, FP1008E
Un-Managed Industrial Gigabit Ethernet Switch 10 Port 10/100/1000, 8 Copper + 2 x GigE SFP; industrial packaging
FiberPlex, FP1008EAT
Un-Managed Industrial Gigabit PoE+ Switch 10 Port, 8 Copper 10/100/1000 + 2 x GigE SFP; industrial packaging
FiberPlex, FP1108E
Un-Managed Industrial 10 Gig Ethernet Switch 10 Port, 8 Copper 10/100/1000 + 2 x 10 GigE SFP; industrial packaging
 
 
 
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