In my ten years of Industrial Computing Sales at L-Tron Corporation, I’ve definitely come up with better tag lines. What I haven’t been able to accomplish is the development of an Industrial Ethernet Switch that is suitable for rugged industrial applications. But guess what? Advantech has done just that by developing a product for use in demanding industrial environments, while offering unmatched performance, reliability, and value. With no setup required, these modules are truly plug-and-play.Industrial Ethernet Switch  Can you tell I’m impressed?  Here’s a little more information that I’ve learned about the new EKI Series of Advantech Industrial Ethernet Switches.
At this time, there are several Industrial Ethernet Switch options available to the end user. Managed Redundant Switches allow the user to expand their industrial network fast and cost-effectively, while an Unmanaged Switch offers outstanding performance, dependability and overall “bang for your buck.”
For mobile vehicle applications, in which severe shock and vibration are a factor, EN50155 certification provides reliable transmission for the following applications:

  • Video surveillance
  • High speed rail
  • Subways
  • Trams

When it comes to dusty environments, the IP30-rated Power over Ethernet (PoE) modules will get the job done and also eliminate the need for additional wiring. Lastly, Industrial Ethernet Converters are best utilized to transmit Gigabit Ethernet or Fast Ethernet networks into Gigabit or Ethernet fiber optic networks.
At the end of the day, Industrial Ethernet Switches and Media Converters have the ability to successfully transmit via Fast Ethernet to Gigabit, copper to fiber optic, and Power over Ethernet. In my opinion, Advantech’s robust design, wide temperature, DIN-rail, and +12~48 VDC redundant power inputs makes the EKI Series the most suitable for rugged industrial applications.
If you have any questions regarding this product line or have additional Industrial Computing needs, feel free to contact me at 800-830-9523 ext. 126.