Belden has recently introduced Edition 6.0, a new version of the software platform for the Hirschmann™ MACH, MICE, Rail and OCTOPUS managed switches.
In addition to the comprehensive management, diagnosis and filter functionality as well as redundancy procedures, security mechanisms and real-time applications supported by the previous version, Edition 6.0 offers additional functionality usually available only in high-performance backbone systems for the back office. Moreover, the configuration options for PROFINET have been enhanced further.
The new redundancy functions include Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP), and the multiple-ring function that can be used in additional switch varieties. The diagnostic options have been further improved as well. For example, besides 1:1 port mirroring, the new platform software also supports N:1 mirroring, allowing several ports to be mirrored on one diagnostic port.
In addition, defective switches can be more conveniently replaced thanks to the auto-configuration adapter ACA 21-USB, since both the configuration and the operating system are automatically loaded.
Together with the industrial-grade hardware from the managed switches in the Hirschmann™ product range, Edition 6.0 of the software platform provides optimum solutions for automation networks. Product Manager Jürgen Schmid says, “This applies especially to applications that depend on the highest degree of facility security and availability, because in terms of functionality, the new software platform leaves nothing to be desired.”
Belden®: Sending All the Right Signals™
Belden designs, manufactures and markets signal transmission solutions, including cables, connectors and I/O modules, wireless network systems as well as network devices and control, load sensing and load moment limitation systems designed for safety-critical applications ranging from industrial automation to data centers, broadcast studios and the aviation and aerospace industry. The company focuses on segments of the worldwide cable and automation markets that require both highly specialized and readily available products. With manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, Belden has recorded a total revenue of USD 1.45 billion for the fiscal year 2009.
Together with its brands Hirschmann™ and Lumberg Automation™ and Trapeze Networks™, Belden offers an extensive and highly specialized product portfolio covering the full range of data communications – from the information and control levels down to the field level. The company has more than 15 offices throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with manufacturing facilities in Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, UK, Denmark, Italy and Hungary.