Rockwell Automation and Cisco introduce IP67 machine-mounting Ethernet switch
Designed for space-constraint cabinets, the rugged ArmorStratix 5700 Ethernet switch features up to eight Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports
Rockwell Automation and Cisco have jointly developed an IP67-protected Layer 2 managed industrial Ethernet switch that can be mounted onto a machine or application, reducing the size and cost of control cabinets, and shrinking machine footprints.
The Allen-Bradley ArmorStratix 5700 expands the Allen-Bradley On-Machine offering from Rockwell Automation. The industrially hardened portfolio of products requires no cabinetry and leverages pre-configured, quick-connect systems and simplified wiring layouts to reduce installation, troubleshooting and maintenance activities.
The ArmorStratix 5700 switch integrates machine-level data that, due to cost or location, might otherwise remain isolated from business-level systems. Using Cisco’s IOS network infrastructure software, it manages the transfer of production data to enterprise-level databases and information systems.
This switch is said to simplify the design and development of machine-level networks using configuration and monitoring tools that enable easy setup and diagnostics from within the Rockwell’s Integrated Architecture system. Automated monitoring simplifies network optimization and convergence.
The switch is available in 8, 16 or 24 fixed-port versions, and comes with M12 Ethernet connectors, an SD memory card, dual-power inputs and a panel-mounted design. Expanded versions include 10 and 18 fixed-port configurations with 2Gbit ports, hardware-based IEEE 1588, hardware alarms, and up to eight Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) ports.
For more information, visit the ArmorStratix 5700 Ethernet switch product page
Author: Garth Miller Published: 10 Sep 2014