Molex debuts Brad Direct-Link unmanaged switches for harsh duty ethernet networks

Molex Incorporated has introduced the new Brad Direct-Link unmanaged switches available in 5- and 8-port modules, both featuring patented Ultra-Lock push-pull technology. The new IP67 sealed Direct-Link switch modules provide a fast, simple and secure on-machine Ethernet switch solution reducing network cabling and installation costs.

“As our world becomes more connected; manufacturers and installers are increasingly specifying harsh-duty Ethernet devices,” states George Kairys, product manager, Molex. “The Brad portfolio of rugged connectivity products for Ethernet infrastructure brings our customers high speed performance in a wider range of industrial applications requiring LAN networks for plant floor robotics and automated manufacturing cells.”

The small footprint, field-proven, and rugged design also make the Direct-Link switches suitable for heavy-duty transportation and military vehicle applications.

Direct-Link Ethernet switch modules allow users to quickly convert from traditional in-cabinet to on-machine mounting. Relocating the switch closer to the machine reduces installation time and costs for lengthy wiring runs, cabling and protected cabinet enclosures. The durable Ultra-Lock system of switch connectors and cord sets features a full sealed connection and secure mating, with easy push-pull plug-and-play installation.

Suitable for installations located in extreme temperature conditions, the Direct-Link 8-port switches operate in -40 to +75C. Tested to NEMA 6 and IP67 environmental ratings, the Direct-Link Ultra-Lock connection ensures continuous operation in ambient dust, pressure washing and submersion in water. Mechanical keying and radial seals eliminate the need for skilled installation and risk of operator error commonly found in other switch connector systems.

“Unmanaged Direct-Link switches provide cost-effective, robust performance across complex networks in a wide range of control and monitoring applications, where harsh environments create vibration, heat and other hazards. Brad brings Ethernet connectivity for PC-based or PLC-based control, supervision, data storage and protocol bridging where our customers need it most,” adds Kairys.

The new Direct-Link switch modules are compatible with other Brad industrial products, including cord sets, receptacles, field-attachable connectors, I/O modules, PC interfaces, gateways, switches and diagnostic tools.


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