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Switch targets harsh duty Ethernet networks

Posted: 17 Apr 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Molex  Ethernet network  switch  Brad Direct-Link  Ultra-Lock system 

Molex Inc. has rolled out its Brad Direct-Link unmanaged switches available in 5- and 8-port modules that feature the patented Ultra-Lock push-pull technology.

The company added that the IP67 sealed switch modules offer fast, simple and secure on-machine Ethernet switch solution that cuts network cabling and installation costs.

The small footprint and rugged design make the Direct-Link switches ideal for heavy-duty transportation and military vehicle applications, Molex indicated. The switch modules allow users to quickly convert from traditional in-cabinet to on-machine mounting. Relocating the switch closer to the machine reduces installation time and costs for lengthy wiring runs, cabling and protected cabinet enclosures. The durable Ultra-Lock system of switch connectors and cordsets features a full sealed connection and secure mating, with easy push-pull plug-and-play installation, the firm added.

Geared for installations located in extreme temperature conditions, the Direct-Link 8-port switches operate in -40ºC to 75ºC. Tested to NEMA 6 and IP67 environmental ratings, the Direct-Link Ultra-Lock connection ensures continuous operation in ambient dust, pressure washing and submersion in water. The entire PCB and internal connections are fully potted, protecting it from any moisture ingress or connector failures due to severe vibration conditions. Mechanical keying and radial seals eliminate the need for skilled installation and risk of operator error commonly found in other switch connector systems.

The Direct-Link switch modules are compatible with other Brad industrial products, including cordsets, receptacles, field-attachable connectors, I/O modules, PC interfaces, gateways, switches and diagnostic tools.

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