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Rockwell Automation expands switch range

May 2015 IT in Manufacturing

All-Gigabit Stratix 5400 industrial switch helps manufacturers address growing network bandwidth requirements.

Rockwell Automation has expanded its Allen-Bradley Stratix family of industrial switches with the Allen-Bradley Stratix 5400 switch, an all-gigabit option that helps manufacturers achieve higher network speeds for their increasingly high bandwidth applications. The switch also supports both Layer 2 switching and Layer 3 routing for a range of network configurations.

“Network convergence, increased reliability and the growing adoption of high-speed devices across the connected enterprise are driving the need for a higher-performing and more versatile industrial switch,” said Mark Devonshire, product manager for Rockwell Automation. “The Stratix 5400 switch provides this capability and helps confirm that manufacturers have a robust architecture in place as network demands continue to broaden.”

When used as a Layer 2 switch, the Stratix 5400 switch is ideal for industrial environments experiencing an influx of high-performance, gigabit-speed end devices, such as IP video cameras and telephony. It’s also fit for heavy-industry applications that require resilient network topologies. When used as a Layer 3 switch, routing is enabled between segmented networks to help achieve better performance.

The switch uses an all-gigabit design for high-performance network and end device support. The GE Power over Ethernet (PoE) and additional GE fibre port options enhance scalability and help meet a wide range of application needs.

The Stratix 5400 switch is available in 18 different models and offers up to 20-gigabit ports in a single switch to meet a wide range of application needs. Default configurations help simplify setup, optimise performance and enable faster diagnostics retrieval. The Stratix 5400 switch also comes with Network Address Translation to help reduce commissioning time. It combines advanced Cisco technology and Premier Integration into the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system to provide familiar solutions for both information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) professionals.

“We’re continually working to arm our customers with the ability to accelerate their Internet of Things innovations. We’re excited to expand our collaboration with Rockwell Automation and provide customers solutions to bring real-time connectivity and enterprise intelligence to industrial environments in a highly secure and scalable way,” says Rick Esker, senior director, Industry Solutions Group-Ecosystems, Cisco.

For more information contact Christo Buys, Rockwell Automation, +27 (0)11 654 9700, cbuys@ra.rockwell.com, www.rockwellautomation.co.za



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