Managed switches target Industrial Ethernet, Profinet networks

Moxa has unveiled two new series of Ethernet/IP and Profinet-enabled managed Ethernet switches engineered to provide advanced efficiency for industrial networks. Pre-configured for plug-and-play simplicity, the new EDS-405A/408A-EIP and EDS-405A/408A-PN switches deliver an easy, cost-effective way of integrating legacy networks, eliminating the need for additional configurations and modifications, and reducing deployment time.

"If you are an engineer who is used to working with Ethernet/IP or Profinet devices, installing these switches on your network will be second nature to you," asserts Jim Toepper, product manager for Moxa. The company says that the new switches' ready-to-use Turbo Ring and Turbo Chain network redundancy technologies assure that if a connection failure occurs, the devices will enable fast network recovery under 20ms (with 250 switch loads) for high network reliability. Fast booting time in under 10s ensure system availability and minimizes maintenance costs on the factory floor.

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With Ethernet/IP functionality embedded, the EDS-405A/408A-EIP switches are visible with custom faceplates in Moxa's FactoryTalk View industrial management software, for greater operational and network visibility in factory automation HMIs. AOIs and EDS Files are available for all Moxa switch models to ensure a truly integrated switch installation. With embedded Profinet capability, the EDS-405A/408A-PN switches can be easily integrated into the Simatic Step 7 engineering tool. It is more convenient for automation engineers to configure through Step 7 and monitor with automation HMIs, notes the company. GSD files (which also includes a faceplate) are available for all Moxa switch models to ensure a truly integrated switch installation for Siemens architecture.

The Moxa EDS-405A/408A-EIP and EDS-405A/408A-PN switches are available in 5- or 8-port DIN-rail mount designs. Both provide rugged performance in the harsh environments often found at the edge of an industrial network. They also support a variety of management functions to accommodate almost any application that requires an Ethernet switch, such as IGMP snooping, IEEE 802.1Q VLAN, QoS, port mirroring, SNMP, bandwidth management, and warning by email or relay. Learn more at

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