Belden Introduces Modular Industrial Ethernet Switches for Future-Proof Network Design

New Switches Help Industrial Networks Be Flexible, Rapidly Adapt to Meet Changing Requirements



Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, today announced the release of its new Rail Switch Power Expandable (RSPE) family of managed industrial Ethernet switches. Building on the tried-and-tested Rail Switch Power (RSP) family from Hirschmann, these modular switches make it possible to create flexible Ethernet installations in which the network design can be quickly adapted to manage changing application needs. Its high reliability guarantees 100 percent availability of data communication, ensuring optimum productivity for machines and systems.


The new Rail Switch Power Expandable (RSPE) switches make it possible to create flexible Ethernet installations in which the network design can be quickly adapted to manage changing application needs. (Photo: Belden, PR322)

“In today’s fast-changing industrial environments, flexibility is key,” said Belden Product Manager Jürgen Schmid. “With our new Rail Switch Power Expandable switches, media modules can be added to basic switch devices in virtually no time at all – a practical and cost-effective solution for today – and tomorrow.”

The benefits of these new RSPE switches include:

  • Eight Fast Ethernet twisted pair ports and four combo ports that support Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet.
  • High-availability Seamless Redundancy (HSR) and Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) redundancy standards, plus precise time synchronization in accordance with IEEE 1588 v2, can be extended to provide up to 28 ports by adding two media modules.
  • Various combinations of copper or fiber ports (plus Power over Ethernet (PoE)/PoE+) by module type.
  • Comprehensive management, diagnostic and filtering features, as well as numerous redundancy methods, bringing all-around security to the network.
  • An extended operating temperature range from -40°C to +70°C, high vibration resistance and broad immunity to electrostatic discharges.

Specially certified for a range of application scenarios, the RSPE switches guarantee highly efficient solutions even under harsh environmental conditions. In the energy sector, for example, they enable highly available and cost-effective applications, ranging from power transmission and distribution right through to electricity generation from renewable energy sources. They can be used equally well in other industries, such as transportation, road and rail traffic, cable cars, ports and airports.

Detailed information is available here.

An early innovator in industrial Ethernet, Belden knows Industrial IT and is delivering the next generation of industrial networking solutions. Its global brands – Hirschmann, GarrettCom and Tofino Security – are leading the way in the adoption of industrial Ethernet. With a purpose-built portfolio, Belden’s wired, wireless and embedded products deliver the highest confidence of reliability, availability and security. In addition, excellent warranties and dedicated customer support minimize downtime, protect critical infrastructure and provide peace of mind.

About Belden

Belden Inc., a global leader in high quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions, delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today's applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit us at www.belden.com; follow us on Twitter: @BeldenInc

For more information, contact:

Nancy van Heesewijk
Tel: +31 164 317 018

Berry Medendorp
Tel: +31 77 387 8555

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