19inch rack switches for control centres and data centres

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19inch rack switches for control centres and data centresPhoenix Contact is now offering new rugged managed switches for deployment in 19” racks as used in control centres and data centres. In the past, these types of systems frequently relied on devices designed for office environments, which made them of limited use in industrial applications.

These new switches offer all the advantages of Industrial Ethernet in a suitable 19” rack format. They are designed for extreme electromechanical and climatic conditions and fully comply with the IEC 61850-3 and IEEE 1613 requirements for deployment in energy systems. The switches provide fan-less operation and can handle a wide temperature range extending from -40degC to +70degC. This ensures ongoing availability even when the heating or air conditioning system fails.

Redundant power supplies offer additional system stability and permit maintenance and replacement during live operation. Despite a high port count of 28 Ethernet ports, the units only take up one rack unit in the switching cabinet. Depending on requirements, the switches are available with copper or fibre-optic ports.

In addition to managed switches, Phoenix Contact offers a wide range of infrastructure components for 19” racks in control systems and data centres. These include products for structured cabling, network security, power supply, and surge protection. Using a special adapter, compact industrial devices designed for DIN rail mounting can be easily installed in 19” racks.

For more information about Phoenix Contact’s new rugged managed switches for deployment in 19” racks, please visit the website at

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