Smart Factories promise to deliver improved production quality, asset optimisation, safety, and cost reduction, but they require reliable always-on network connectivity between devices, sensors and operations control software. Many engineers struggle with the growing complexity and costs of increased network connectivity on the plant floor, especially as they are forced to deal with cramped cabinets and legacy systems.
Activating pre-configured automation protocols
To address these concerns, Moxa has introduced its new SDS-3008 Smart Switch, the industry's slimmest, most intuitive Ethernet switch. The 8-port industrial-grade switch is configured using an easy-to-navigate dashboard that allows users to activate pre-configured automation protocols in one click and remotely manage the unit on HMI/SCADA systems.
Machine builders, plant managers, and engineers have expressed a need for practical network connectivity solutions that do not require specialised training or personnel to operate or deploy, explained Ariana Drivdahl, Product Marketing Manager at Moxa Americas: "Our SDS-3008 Smart Switch fully resolves the issues of costs, space limitations and complexity. It integrates devices with different protocols so that they can operate smoothly with little cost and maintenance effort, delivering highly secure, scalable connectivity from plant floor to enterprise network."
The switch's compact size gives it the flexibility to fit in almost any control cabinet
Optimal networking solution
With its uncomplicated protocol configuration, flexible mounting design, and intuitive interface, the SDS-3008 is the optimal networking solution for virtually any Smart Factory application. When compared to managed switches that support many advanced functions that are not necessary for typical factory operation, the SDS-3008 is especially economical.
It supports the core industrial protocols—EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, and Modbus/TCP—and includes built-in network monitoring and control functionality. It also supports Moxa's ABC-02 automatic backup configurator for quick event logging and configuration backup, RSTP/STP for network redundancy, along with a range of useful management functions, including IEEE 802.1Q VLAN, port mirroring, SNMP, and warning by relay.
Accelerating Smart Factory initiatives
Engineers who normally spend hours navigating complex web or command-line interfaces to configure their Ethernet switch will welcome the SDS-3008's simple user interface. The graphical function menu and one-page configuration dashboard allows engineers to clearly visualise status, diagnose problems and operate the unit.
The SDS-3008 further accelerates Smart Factory initiatives through its industry-first form factor. Boasting a width of only 2 centimetres (0.78 inches), the SDS-3008 breaks the mould of the typical bulky, boxy switch. Engineers work in a variety of control cabinets that are often small and overcrowded. The switch's compact size gives it the flexibility to fit in almost any control cabinet, and it supports both DIN-rail and rackmount installation. With the optional 1U rack accessory, users can combine four smart switch units on a 19-inch cabinet.