The new unmanaged 6-port Ethernet switches from ifm are suited for TCP/IP-based IIoT applications as well as for all common automation protocols and support the 10Base-T and 100Base-TX transmission standards. Their ports feature M12 connectors, which are much more robust than the commonly used RJ45 connectors and thus better suited for direct use in the field. The voltage supply is also based on M12 connectors – a daisy-chain version allows several field components to be connected one after another. ifm’s IO-Link masters and IO-Link modules, which feature the same housings and connection technologies, can also be daisy-chained.
The protection rating of the switches corresponds to IP 67 or IP 69K depending on the design. The units with the higher protection rating feature stainless steel sockets and are also suitable for the food industry, where they can for example withstand daily high-pressure cleaning. With their operating temperature range of -25 °C to 70 °C, a voltage range of DC 8 V to 32 V as well as their high shock and vibration resistance, they can also be used in mobile applications such as mobile machinery. The E20 approval means that they are even suited for use on the outside of vehicles. ifm offers a wide range of accessories to match the new Ethernet switches, including prewired cables, wireable M12 connectors, sockets and protective caps.