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Ethernet-APL field switch

By DE Staff   

Automation Ethernet Softing Industrial

Softing Industrial has announced its new aplSwitch Field—a 16-Port Ethernet-Advanced Physical Layer (Ethernet-APL) field switch with optional PROFIBUS Process Automation (PA) proxy is designed for use in Zone 2. It enables the transparent connection of 2-WISE Ethernet-APL field devices to higher-level Industrial Ethernet networks, providing these devices with intrinsically safe power. Additionally, the aplSwitch Field PA variant supports the connection of both Ethernet-APL field devices and PROFIBUS PA devices, ensuring smooth integration into existing industrial systems.

The aplSwitch Field offers easy integration into leading Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Asset Management Systems (AMS) with 16 Ethernet-APL spur 2-WISE ports, supporting PROFINET with Media Redundancy Protocol (MRP) ring topology. It is compatible with major systems like Emerson, Siemens and ABB, ensuring stable networks through ingress/egress support.

The aplSwitch Field variant supports both Power Class A and Power Class B. This ensures that field devices with higher power requirements can also be operated without any problems. The PA variant enables the migration of existing PA infrastructure to Ethernet-APL topology. Ethernet-APL and PROFIBUS-PA devices can be used together on one switch thanks to an integrated PROFINET proxy.

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