Panduit boosts pre-configured IDF line

May 2, 2017
New IDFs deploy and protect rack-mount Ethernet switches in industrial applications with up to 25% faster installation time and 3x the typical cooling capacity, says Panduit.

Panduit has expanded its Pre-Configured Industrial Distribution Frame (IDF) product line to deliver more design flexibility for deploying and protecting rack-mount Ethernet switches. A new smaller enclosure size and 316 stainless steel versions provide options for customers deploying one to five switches with different corrosion protection requirements.

Tim Houghton, product line manager at Panduit, comments, “The new 12U IDF is ideal for customers deploying up to two switches, while the original 26U IDF accommodates up to five switches and often provides room for future expansion. Every Panduit pre-configured IDF provides protection from harsh industrial conditions, but the new stainless steel enclosures offer superior corrosion resistance in wash-down situations.”

According to the company, the new IDF's design "provides consistent equipment deployment with up to 25% faster installation than an IDF installation that is not pre-configured, and 3x the cooling capacity over typical deployments, reducing downtime risk due to switch overheating."

“As manufacturing demands a rapidly increasing number of Ethernet connections as a result of technologies, such as IIoT, IT/OT convergence, cloud computing, big data and analytics, the industrial market will require a growing number of corresponding offerings for Ethernet switch housing solutions that are scalable and can withstand the rigors of industrial environments,” comments Craig Resnick, vice president, ARC Advisory Group. “Panduit’s new 12U IDF clearly addresses these market trends, while still adhering to the certification and protection requirements of most industrial environments in an off-the-shelf package designed to help avoid manufacturing’s biggest nemesis, unscheduled downtime.”

The pre-configured IDF line is UL 508A listed, UL Type 4/12 or 4/4X/12 listed and IP66 rated to ensure safety and reliability.

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