The versatile routing functions and large bandwidth of the modular backbone managed switches from the Hirschmann™ MACH4000 family equip automation networks to deal with current and future network challenges, while making unscheduled downtimes a thing of the past.
As well as enabling high data rates, the backbone switches in the MACH4000 family also support static and dynamic routing, unicast and multicast routing, and router redundancy. This permits reliable data packet addressing within or across networks. The switches can be equipped with different media modules. These include PoE ports for cost-effective powering of devices via the Ethernet cable, or optical interfaces for SFP transceivers that open up the whole world of fiber optic communication. Numerous redundancy methods such as HIPER Ring, MRP or Link Aggregation ensure fast reconfiguration in the event of error, thus guaranteeing smooth data communication.
These backbone switches support data rates of up to 10 Gbit/s as well as dynamic Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing. Different media modules provide maximum flexibility and fast redundancy methods, while ensuring the highest level of network availability.
Capable of seamless integration into PROFINET and EtherNet/IP environments, the switches in the MACH4000 family can be used in all networks where large bandwidth and versatile routing functions are required. This applies to factory automation, where secure connections between production and corporate networks are needed – in the automotive area, for example – as well as to rail transport (for networking management, control and security systems, etc.).
Because Ethernet is also becoming the standard in the shipping industry, compact backbone systems are in demand. In addition, the MACH4000 family is certified for maritime applications by Germanischer Lloyd (GL). The switches are therefore ideal for use on oil platforms, where they can be employed to set up VLANs or connect support systems.
Finally, the MACH4000 switches are ideally suited for power transmission and distribution, wind farms and solar power plants backbone systems.
Already widely used in harsh industrial environments, the modular switches in the MACH4000 family are available in a number of versions, all of which feature high port density. Usable in a cascaded configuration, and combining switching and routing with full Gigabit speed, they all ensure maximum backbone performance. Last but not least, the Industrial HiVision management software from Hirschmann enables convenient network administration. This software includes the MultiConfig™ feature, which can be used to simultaneously configure hundreds of network users during ongoing operation. In addition, the HiFusion tool can be used to integrate all SNMP-capable devices into network management for the very first time – including programmable controllers, I/O modules or HMI panels from different manufacturers.
Designed specifically for automation networks, the MACH4000 switches are compact and extremely robust.
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