LISLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Molex Incorporated will showcase proven Brad® Direct-Link® Harsh-Duty Unmanaged Ethernet Switches at the upcoming Industrial Automation North America (IANA) Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit, September 8-13, 2014, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. Designed for plant floor and industrial automation network applications, Direct-Link switches provide a secure on-machine Ethernet connection to reduce complex network cabling, eliminate common wiring errors, and lower network costs.
“Production downtime causes significant revenue loss, which is a major concern for plant operators. Unexpected downtimes can occur from poor network connections, high vibration environments, and extreme temperature variations,” states George Kairys, product manager, Molex. “Rugged Brad solutions solve this problem for our customers by helping to streamline plant floor Ethernet network connections in the most robust hardware design.”
Offered in 5- and 8-port versions Brad Direct-Link Harsh-Duty Unmanaged Ethernet Switches accept standard threaded M12 connectors. The push-to-lock Direct-Link switch ports feature a patented Ultra-Lock® technology for fast and secure network connections. NEMA 6 and IP67-rated Direct-Link switches can withstand dusty environments, low pressure wash, and submersion. Available in 30 and 60mm width versions with standard hole patterns, the low-profile Direct-Link switches are easily mounted for optimal flexibility in space-constrained applications. LED visual indicators allow for quick diagnostics. Auto-learning features make Direct-Link switches ideal for novice or expert industrial network installers. A wide temperature range of -40 to +75ºC and a supply voltage range from 9 to 36V DC, makes these industrial switches also well suited for numerous mobile applications having severe environmental conditions, such as oil drilling rigs, mining equipment, agricultural machinery and process skids.
“Brad industrial Ethernet solutions are designed to seamlessly exchange and extract real-time data from the manufacturing floor. Cost-effective unmanaged Direct-Link switches give our industrial customers greater design freedom, simple installation, and the reliable network performance they deserve,” adds Kairys.
Industry experts will be on hand to answer questions about Brad Direct-Link Ethernet Switches and share other harsh-duty solutions for industrial plant challenges at the 2014 IANA Molex booth E-4915 during exhibition hours. To learn more visit www.molex.com/link/directlink750-780.html. Please sign up to receive the Molex e-nouncement newsletter at www.molex.com/link/register.
About Molex Incorporated
Providing more than connectors, Molex delivers complete interconnect solutions for a number of markets including: data communications, telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, commercial vehicle, aerospace and defense, medical, and lighting. Established in 1938, the company operates 45 manufacturing locations in 17 countries. The Molex website is www.molex.com. Follow us at www.twitter.com/molexconnectors watch our videos at www.youtube.com/molexconnectors, connect with us at www.facebook.com/molexconnectors and read our blog at www.connector.com.
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