The difference between industrial switches and ordinary switches

Time : Feb. 25, 2022    View : 271

    As we all know, many equipments are often used in industrial production. Among them, industrial switches are one kind, and many people tend to confuse industrial switches with ordinary switches. So what is the difference between the two? Let’s understand the difference together.

    Industrial switches, also known as industrial Ethernet switches, are Ethernet switch equipment used in the field of industrial control. Due to the adopted network standards, it has good openness, wide application and low price, and uses transparent and unified TCP/IP Protocol, Ethernet has become the main communication standard in the field of industrial control.

Industrial switches have carrier-class performance characteristics and can withstand harsh working environments. Rich product series and flexible port configuration can meet the needs of various industrial fields. The product adopts a wide temperature design, the protection level is not lower than IP30, and supports standard and private ring network redundancy protocols.

    What are the functions of industrial switches? Industrial Ethernet switches are mainly used for real-time Ethernet data transmission in complex industrial environments. When Ethernet is designed, due to its use of carrier sense multiplexing conflict detection (CSMA/CD mechanism), its reliability is greatly reduced when used in complex industrial environments, which makes Ethernet unusable. The industrial Ethernet switch adopts the storage conversion and exchange method, and at the same time improves the Ethernet communication speed, and the built-in intelligent alarm design monitors the network operation status, which ensures the reliable and stable operation of the Ethernet in the harsh and dangerous industrial environment.

    What is the difference between industrial switches and ordinary switches

    The difference between industrial Ethernet switches and ordinary switches is mainly reflected in functions and performance.

    The functional difference mainly refers to that the industrial Ethernet switch is closer to the industrial network communication in function, such as the interconnection with various field buses, the redundancy of the equipment, and the real-time of the equipment;

    The difference in performance is mainly reflected in the adaptation to the external environmental parameters. In addition to the harsh industrial environments such as coal mines and ships, there are also environments with special requirements in terms of EMI (electromagnetic compatibility), temperature, humidity, and dust prevention. Among them, the influence of temperature on industrial network equipment is the most extensive.

    Components: The requirements for the selection of industrial Ethernet switch components are higher, and they must be able to better adapt to the needs of industrial production sites.

    Mechanical environment: Industrial Ethernet switches can better adapt to harsh mechanical environments, including vibration resistance, impact resistance, corrosion resistance, dust resistance, and water resistance.

    The above is the difference between industrial switches and ordinary switches, I hope it can be helpful to everyone.