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ATEX Zone 2 ethernet switch for the process industries

27 May 2009

This 5-port Ethernet switch innovates as the only sealed ATEX solution. It is available with connectors that are also sealed and ATEX. Using this particularly rugged switch, with full ´plug and play´ functionality, it is easy to set up redundant rings with 30ms recovery times and 100 Mbps data rates.

ATEX Zone 2 ethernet switch for the process industries
ATEX Zone 2 ethernet switch for the process industries

This IP68 Ethernet switch is ideal for operation in zone 2 and Class I Division 2, with II 3 G Ex nA II T4X protection over a - 40 °C to + 75 °C temperature range. It has a safety disconnect function to avoid disconnection under load. It is available in non-administrable or RING versions. The Ring models can form a redundant ring topology with a particularly short recovery time of 30 ms (+ 5 ms per hop). They are available with functions such as priority management (QoS) and port mirroring.

Developed by Amphenol-Socapex the switch features excellent robustness provided by IP68 protection and a rugged reinforced casing, a working temperature range of - 40 °C to 75 °C, and redundant filtered power supplies with effective overvoltage protection. MTBF is 1,000,000 hours. It is the only Ethernet switch usable outside in an explosive environment.

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