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Siemens expands industrial ethernet switch portfolio

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Siemens UK & Ireland is expanding its range of managed industrial Ethernet switches with a new product line, Scalance XB-200, which comes with a 5-year warranty across all three device versions.

These cost-effective switches provide high data rates – up to 100Mbps – and multiple functions, including support for both Profinet and Ethernet standards, which users can shift between with ease using the dedicated function. As a result, the devices can be used for real-time communication in a variety of automation environments.

Scalance XB-200 devices are available in widths of 40mm, 80mm and 120mm, making them suitable for environments with limited space. Despite their compact size, Scalance XB-200 switches are robust, certified for use in hazardous areas, flexible – covering distances up to 26km in single mode – and powerful, with the ability to monitor large networks with tools such as Sinema Server.

The devices also incorporate support for Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) security functions such as multicast blocking, loop detection and access control via Radius Server; this allows them to be integrated into existing authentication protocols for total network security.

Siemens UK & Ireland has also ensured protection from downtime by including an alternative power supply with two three-pin connectors. In case of an error, diagnostics and network management settings can be accessed via a command line or the web interface of the Scalance XB-200 itself. A 5-year warranty is also included, as with all Scalance products delivered on or after 1 January 2015.

Ian Poulett, Head of Sales - Industrial Communications & Identification, Siemens UK & Ireland, comments: “This new addition to our product portfolio means greater choice and flexibility for manufacturers looking for a compact, yet highly robust Ethernet switch. Our ongoing investment in the Scalance range, as well as our wider industrial communications portfolio, demonstrates our commitment to helping manufacturers meet industry challenges now, and in the future.”

For more information on Scalance XB-200 visit www.siemens.co.uk.

17 August 2015

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