The FLEXtra PROFINET-Switch connects the control world with PROFINET according to Conformance Class B and the IT world with up to 1GBit Ethernet.
Communicating from the control level and the machine or the mixing of Ethernet and PROFINET components in a one switch would be possible with the FLEXtra PROFINET switch which has 16 port that can be used to network PROFINET components with 100 Mbps as well as Ethernet nodes with up to 1000 Mbps. PROFINET prioritization according to Conformance Class B of the machine components is always guaranteed.
Prioritizing the PROFINET telegram traffic in the machine network is one of the functions of a PROFINET switch, the switch can distinguish if the telegram is a web request, an FTP file transfer, a media stream, or a PROFINET telegram. Important telegrams will be prioritized to prevent telegram losses of the machine component when an event of a high transmission load happens. The supported PROFINET protocols, such as LLDP, DCP or diagnostic alarms, can be easily parameterized and managed.
PROFINET is not the available function to manage the Ethernet network, functions such as SNMP, NTP, VLAN, port mirroring, QoS/CoS mapping and extensive statistics are also available. Configuration can also be saved on an SD card or loaded for commissioning.
The design of the Ethernet sockets is to save space in the control cabinet, the LED on the top of the FLEXtra PROFINET switch will be visible which allow for easy diagnostics even when fully wired. The switch also supports port control via inputs and port status indication via outputs. The bits in the PROFINET-IO of the switch can also be used as inputs and outputs as well as 4 digital inputs and 2 digital outputs with 24V which can be configured using GSDML file.
Technical advantages when using a PROFINET-Switch
- Prioritizing of PROFINET frames
- Assignment of a configuration via the device name
- Neighborhood detection
- Device exchange without programming device
- Ring redundancy
- Each port can be activated or deactivated
- Diagnostic messages for network problems
- Identification and maintenance data
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