Belden updates layer-3 switch for harsh environments

Device has operating temperature range from -40˚C to +70˚C, Belden says

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Belden updates layer-3 switch for harsh environments The MSP30-X has additional brackets for the mounting of modules on the main device body
By  Tom Paye Published  December 22, 2014

Belden has created a new version of its layer-3 gigabit switch, called the MSP30-X Modular Switch, which the vendor said is suited for extreme environments.

Belden said that the new model maintains the flexible design of the last one, though it has been re-designed with added durability, meaning it can be placed near harsh environments. The device has a combination of layer-3 features, including time-synchronisation for time-critical data and wall-mounting capabilities, Belden said.

“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,” said Vinod Rana, a product manager at 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.”

Belden said that the MSP30-X was approved by global GL standards for Environmental Category D, and that it was ideal for engineers, integrators, machine builders and plant operators in the transportation, machine building, power transmission and distribution, oil and gas, mining, and wind power industries.

Features of the switch include Precision Time Protocol version 2 for real-time data, Layer-3 routing capabilities for network extensions, an operating temperature range from -40˚C to +70˚C and up to 100% relative humidity, Belden said. The vendor added that the device also came with a number of security features. It also has additional brackets for mounting of modules on the main device body and Ethernet cables that can be tightly screwed onto the module using M12 connectors, Belden said.

“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,” said Rana.

“The specifications of this product make it especially ideal for our transportation customers, as it has the necessary approvals to operate in harsh transportation settings, like seaports and railroads."

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