Efficient Ethernet switches connect automation networks to the company's IT system

Nürnberg, (PresseBox) - The Siemens Industry Automation Division has expanded your choice of industrial Ethernet switches to a new product line with 19-inch rack devices. The SCALANCE-X-500 switches are especially suitable for configuring large automation networks and connecting them to the company's IT system. Typical areas of application are network configuration and coupling in production and process industry systems, as well as in industry-oriented sectors - such as mining, logistics and transport. The new switches are equipped with fully modular "Hot swappable" 4-port technology for electrical and optical media modules. Scalance XR528-6M, with two height units, has six slots for 4-port media modules. Scalance XR552-12M has three height units and twelve slots. Up to 24 or 48 end devices and network components with a speed of 10 to 1,000 Mbit/s can be connected. In addition, both device versions offer four slots for SFP+ (Small Form-factor, pluggable) transceivers with a 10 Gigabit/s Ethernet.

The new SCALANCE X-500 switches have functions for industry-specific communication and offer layer 2 and layer 3 functions, such as static and dynamic routing for communication with networks on the company's IT system. The devices provide numerous redundancy functions, such as ring redundancy, RSTP (Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol) and MSTP (Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol), supplemented with standby functions and VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network). The external 300 W power supply unit, PS598-1, supplies the Scalance-X-500 switches with power. This is either installed above or below the switch or docked on the back directly using a plug-in connection. The availability of the switches increases when two redundant network devices are used. To activate layer 3 functions, an optional removable medium with key function (Key Plug) is used. This contains the activation license and allows configuration data to be saved.

You can find more information online at: www.siemens.com/switches

Siemens AG Industry Sector / Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the worldwide leading supplier of environmentally friendly production, transportation and building technologies. With integrated automation technologies and comprehensive industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity, efficiency and flexibility of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. In fiscal 2010, which ended on September 30, 2010, revenue from continuing operations of the Industry Sector (excluding Osram) totaled around €30.2 billion. At the end of September 2010, Siemens Industry Sector had around 164,000 employees worldwide without consideration of Osram. Further information is available on the Internet at: www.siemens.com/industry.

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, industrial controls and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers - from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services. With around 33,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry Automation posted sales of €6.2 billion in fiscal year 2010. www.siemens.com/...

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