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Industrial Ethernet Switch offers diverse management abilities.

Press Release Summary:

Industrial Ethernet Switch offers diverse management abilities.

Sep 14, 2012 - Using Cisco IOS network infrastructure software, Allen-Bradley Stratix 5700 scalable layer 2 managed industrial Ethernet switch delivers secure integration of business-critical services and support from plant floor to enterprise. Configuration and monitoring tools facilitate setup and diagnostics from within Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system, and hardware embeds features such as IEEE-1588 time synchronization, QoS, and Resilient Ethernet Protocol.

Allen-Bradley/Rockwell Automation - Milwaukee, WI

Original Press Release

New Industrial Ethernet Switch Features Scalable Managed Switching Capabilities

Press release date: Sep 06, 2012

Stratix 5700 Ethernet switch from Rockwell Automation is built with Cisco technology to manage data from within the IT and controls environment

MILWAUKEE – Built with the best of Rockwell Automation and Cisco technology, the highly scalable, compact-sized Allen-Bradley Stratix 5700 layer 2 managed industrial Ethernet switch meets a broad range of switching capabilities – from entry-level, machine-builder applications through converged or IT-ready integrated user solutions. Using the world's leading network infrastructure software – Cisco IOS – the Stratix 5700 switch delivers secure integration of business-critical services and support from the plant floor to the enterprise. The Stratix 5700 managed switch also simplifies the design and development of machine-level networks through configuration and monitoring tools. These tools help enable easy setup and diagnostics from within the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system – bridging the gap between IT and the automation engineer.

“In the past, users and machine builders alike have been challenged getting information to the right person at the right time. But the advanced feature set of the Stratix 5700 switch, including simplified configuration and integration of the IT and manufacturing networks, helps ease these challenges so that our customers can make better, more informed business decisions,” said Mark Devonshire, product manager for Stratix switches, Rockwell Automation. “Through our relationship with Cisco, our goal is to develop tools and products that simplify network design and communications, to help increase productivity and profitability.”

The introduction of the Stratix 5700 switch adds to the broad family of Allen-Bradley switches, which includes the Stratix 2000 unmanaged switch, the Stratix 6000 fixed managed switch, the Stratix 8000 modular managed switch, and the Stratix 8300 layer 3 modular managed switch. Like the Stratix 8000 family of switches, the Stratix 5700 switch also utilizes Cisco IOS technology. The portfolio contains many popular features that are in use today by IT and controls organizations that deploy standard, unmodified Ethernet, with settings optimized for use in EtherNet/IP applications.

“The ‘Internet of Things’ is transforming the manufacturing industry, where the physical manufacturing line is accessed and monitored though an intelligent network to help manufacturers better manage production quality and costs. Using the latest industrial switching technology from Cisco, the Stratix 5700 switch from Rockwell Automation offers high availability, Quality of Service (QoS), remote-access security, and automated monitoring to provide the best factory network capability,” said Yuta Endo, product manager, Connected Industries business unit, Cisco. Rockwell Automation and Cisco are committed to being the most valuable resource in the industry for helping manufacturers improve business performance by bridging the technical and cultural gaps between the plant floor and higher-level information systems using EtherNet/IP – the world’s leading open industrial Ethernet network.

The Stratix 5700 line of switches is currently available with six, 10 and 20 fixed-port configurations. The hardware embeds features such as: IEEE-1588 time synchronization, QoS (prioritization) and Resilient Ethernet Protocol. Additional software features also help improve network performance and troubleshooting, and allow for increased network availability. Each base model of the Stratix 5700 switch comes with dual power inputs, input and output alarms, console port, fiber-ready SFP slots, DIN rail mount and operating temperature range of minus 40 C to 60 C. Model options include: two gig ports, SD flash card, conformal coating, and two different software configurations for a total of 20 different models to best match machine and end-user applications.

About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable.

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs over 21,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

For more information:

• Stratix 5700 Overview

• Stratix 5700 High-Resolution Graphic

Media contacts:
Scott Anthony
Rockwell Automation

Amy Henderson
Padilla Speer Beardsley Inc.

Allen-Bradley, Integrated Architecture, LISTEN. THINK. SOLVE., Stratix 2000, Stratix 5700, Stratix 6000, Stratix 8000 and Stratix 8300 are trademarks of Rockwell Automation, Inc.

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