NEW Ethernet products from MTL provide harsh & hazardous connectivity across the process plant2011 04 01
MTL Instruments have launched a new range of Ethernet Connectivity products combining enterprise-class performance with rugged reliability, providing a “best of both worlds” solution for today’s industrial applications.
The 9200-ET series of Ethernet products is designed to operate in the harsh and hazardous process control environment and features multi-port managed and unmanaged switches, Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability, multiple fibre-port options and Gigabit switches. The portfolio provides a core technology to the existing Tofino™ Network Security solution, Intrinsically Safe Ethernet and Wireless ranges and provides users with a complete suite of digital connectivity products.
Today’s industrial process plants demand greater efficiency, higher reliability, increased levels of security and lower cost of ownership of field equipment and supporting networks. MTL’s 9200-ET series of Ethernet products are suitable for use in extended temperature areas and are certified for use in ATEX Zone 2 and UL Class 1 Div 2 areas, ensuring high reliability and rugged dependability in the most extreme of environments. Features such as Active IGMP provide Multicast filtering to deliver optimised video surveillance solutions, while switch status over Modbus TCP delivers network status within the skill set of the Control Engineer.
The MTL 9200-ETM DIN rail and panel mount and 9200-ETZ rackmount managed switches support Redundant Ring network topology providing high speed recovery from network failures required for real time automation networks. A high degree of flexibility in network topology is provided with support for up to 4 Redundant Rings on each switch as well as supporting the open Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) for integration into Manufacturing Execution System (MES).
To meet customer requirements for in-depth Ethernet technical support from knowledgeable process industry specialists, MTL provides full customer support to simplify selection, installation and operation of Ethernet networks. This reduces the risk to the end user of installing and operating Ethernet networks in process applications.
Today’s customers also require packaged solutions – as part of Cooper Industries, MTL is able to offer the comprehensive range of Ethernet switches integrated into enclosures with suitable glands for harsh and hazardous environments.
Commenting on the new release, MTL’s Product Line Manager for Industrial Networks, Philip Nunn says, “Ethernet is a core technology for the Process industry in general and MTL in particular. It is a key driver in all aspects of the Industrial Networks world, with Ethernet connectivity extending ever further into the field. This launch represents a significant step forward for MTL and its customers. We are confident that our new portfolio will enable customers to select from a range of class-leading products backed by MTL’s pedigree of 40 years experience in the Process industry”.
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