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Industrial Ethernet Solutions

Industrial Ethernet

High-availability process data networks

Industrial Ethernet products

Industrial Ethernet is the term generally used to cover all efforts to use the Ethernet standard for networking systems in industrial production and similar fields. Ethernet is used almost everywhere in the LAN sector, which is why it is interesting to add the production area to the existing LAN using industrial Ethernet to simplify network structures and transitions. This makes all the information required for the management and control of production processes directly available. Optical fibre, CAT-x, double copper wire and radio (cellular, WLAN) can be used as transmission media.

Industrie LAN

Industrial Ethernet is used in many situations:

  • Production (manufacturing, automation, etc.)
  • Energy supply (station networking, renewable energies, smart grid, etc.)
  • Public transport (rail, bus, airport, shipping)
  • Mining
  • and many more

Industrial Ethernet productsIn addition to switches, hubs and media converters, today there are also products that bring aspects such as mobility and security into these sectors. All devices do, of course, have to be adapted to industrial environments. This applies, for example, to:

  • Mounting on a DIN rail
  • AC and DC power supply (e.g. 24 V DC)
  • Redundant power packs
  • Extended operating temperature range
  • Type of protection (protection from dust, water spray, explosion, etc.)
  • Vibration resistance
  • Increased availability of the overall system, e.g. by using no moving parts

Industrial Ethernet networks are often arranged in rings to limit each failure to a maximum of one switch. High network availability is guaranteed by appropriate redundancy protocols. If one line or network component fails, the remaining network can continue working. Ring reconfiguration is done either by rapid spanning tree protocol (RSTP) or by normed ring redundancy protocols such as G.8032 or MRP (IEC62439) with fast switching. New redundancy mechanisms such as PRP or HSR allow for uninterrupted switching in case of error.

Many different types of data have to be transferred in industrial Ethernet. In addition to the Ethernet-based protocols like DNP3, ProfiNet IO, IEC 60870-5-104, Modbus TCP, etc., some systems also offer the option of transmission using the still widespread serial data communication (V.24, X.21, etc.) via Ethernet.

Stuxnet and the like have shown that industrial networks are specifically targeted. Data loss or data manipulation can have serious consequences in industrial networks, so protecting data from various external and internal attack scenarios is necessary:

  • Official security requirements must be met
  • Due to large-scale networking, data must often be transmitted via public networks; data encryption is necessary here (VPN tunnel)
  • Network access must be protected (user authentication at the port)
  • Data traffic within the network also has to be controlled and secured

Mobility is also becoming increasingly important in the industrial Ethernet environment. Connection problems, varying transmission quality and a lack of standards used to be reasons against using wireless LAN in the industrial sector. But with the right components and careful planning, even these jobs can be done in modern networks.

Industrial Ethernet:

ADSL-2401m  -  Industrial ADSL modem with integrated serial port gateway
ASMi-54RAIL  -  Industrial multiport SHDSL.bis Modem
EAGLE One  -  Firewall and VPN for Industrial Ethernet
FlexCON VoIP  -  Industrial VoIP Gateway and Serial Converter
FortiGate Rugged  -  Security platform for the industrial environment
GREYHOUND  -  Industrial Fast/Gigabit Ethernet 19" Entry Level Switches
GREYHOUND 1040  -  Industrial Gigabit Ethernet 19" Switches
Mach100  -  Industrial Fast Ethernet 19" Workgroup Switches
MACH1000  -  Robust Substation Switch for Gigabit Ethernet
MACH4000  -  Future-proof Industrial Ethernet backbone solution
macmon network bundle  -  Intelligent and complete package for safeguarding your network
MiniFlex  -  SHDSL.bis Mini IP DSLAM
MiniFlex-DIN-Rail  -  Industrial SHDSL and SHDSLbis Modems
MS20  -  Modular Industrial Fast Ethernet DIN rail switch
MS30  -  Modular Industrial Gigabit Ethernet DIN rail switch
MSP-30X  -  Modular and robust Industrial Gigabit Ethernet DIN rail switch
MSP40  -  Modular and robust Industrial 10 Gigabit Ethernet DIN rail switch
Octopus  -  IP 67/54 Industrial Ethernet Switch
OpenBAT  -  Industrial Wireless LAN Access Points, Clients and Bridges
Orion-3  -  2/4- and 8-wire SHDSL.bis with E1, Nx64 and Ethernet Interfaces
Orion-3-Rail  -  G.SHDSL.bis extended 2-/4-wire DIN rail modem
Orion-Repeater  -  G.SHDSL.bis extended Repeater
PowerMICE  -  Modular Industrial ETHERNET Gigabit ETHERNET Switch/Router
RED25  -  Industrial Fast Ethernet switch with redundancy
RS20  -  Industrial Fast Ethernet DIN rail switch
RS30  -  Industrial Fast/Gigabit Ethernet DIN rail switch
RS40  -  Gigabit Industrial Ethernet DIN rail switch
RSA-4122w  -  Remote Site Access Router with ADSL, Ethernet and cellular wireless WAN ports
RSA-4222w  - DIN rail router for xDSL-Ethernet-LTE
RSP  -  Industrial Ethernet Switches with uninterrupted redundancy
RSPE  -  Managed Industrial Ethernet Switches with media modules
RSP-Smart  -  Cost effective DIN rail switch with uninterrupted redundancy
RSR20  -  Robust Industrial (Fast) Ethernet Switch
RSR30  -  Robust Industrial (Gigabit) Ethernet Switch
SecFlow-2  -  Ruggedized SCADA-Aware Ethernet Switch/Router
SecFlow-4  -  Modular Ruggedized SCADA-Aware Ethernet Switch/Router
SecFlow-iSIM  -  Industrial Ethernet Management System
TAINY-EMOD-V3-IO  -  Secure connection of wireless M2M applications in your IP network
TAINY-HMOD-V3-IO  -  GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA modem with VPN-Router (IPsec) and firewall