Modular switch operates in harsh environments

18th December 2014
Source: Belden
Posted By : Siobhan O'Gorman
Modular switch operates in harsh environments


To enable use near harsh environments, Belden has redesigned its MSP30-X Layer 3 modular gigabit switch. The switch maintains its modular and flexible design, while reducing both cost and space. 

The redesigned switch features Precision Time Protocol version 2 for real-time data, Layer 3 routing capabilities for network extensions, an operating temperature range from -40 to +70˚C and up to 100% relative humidity, and a high number of security features to protect and facilitate maximum network availability. The switch is also offered with brackets for mounting of modules on the main body, and Ethernet cables that can screwed on using M12 connectors.

The company has used customer feedback to redesign the MSP30-X, which is approved by global GL standards for Environmental Category D. The switch is suitable for engineers, integrators, machine builders and plant operators in the transportation, machine building, power transmission and distribution, oil and gas, mining, wind power, and other hazardous industries.

“The gigabit switch’s ability to function in harsh operating areas is a first-time capability for modular switches, like those in Hirschmann’s MSP portfolio,” commented Vinod Rana, Product Manager, Belden. “Previously, Ethernet devices were placed in the control room, and only fixed, configured products could be used in the operations area. Now, customers can have both modularity and flexibility in their networking products and place them into the harsh operations area.”

“Customers have been asking for rugged, reliable and flexible Ethernet products for use in their engine rooms, specifically devices that can withstand extreme industrial conditions, like 4G vibrations,” added Rana. “The specifications of this product make it especially suitable for our transportation customers, as it has the necessary approvals to operate in harsh transportation settings, like seaports and railroads.”

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