Rockwell Automation presents the Allen-Bradley Stratix 5700 managed industrial Ethernet switch, which now includes an optional integrated Network Address Translation (NAT) feature.
The NAT feature in the switch helps simplify assigning IP addresses when integrating machines into a plant network.
The integration of machines onto a plant’s network architecture can be complex as OEM IP-address assignments rarely match those of the end-user network IP-address requirements. This is challenging for the machine builder and the end user as IP addresses are generally unknown until the machine is being installed, which can add cost and time to the commissioning of the equipment, and delay moving that equipment into production.
The hardware-based NAT feature in the Allen-Bradley Stratix 5700 managed industrial Ethernet switch allows for high performance and simplified integration of IP-address mapping from a set of local, machine-level IP addresses to the end user’s broader plant-process network. This can greatly benefit manufacturers that are integrating identical machines into a production line, especially when multiple equipment builders are being integrated into a common production line.
The Stratix 5700 switch NAT feature allows OEMs to deliver their standard machines to customers without having to program unique IP addresses into them. The end user can then use the NAT feature to more simply integrate the machines into the larger plant network. Maintenance is simplified since the machines are identical to their standards.
According to Robert Hicks, Logix Product Manager – South Pacific, Rockwell Automation, customers are also offered an optimised solution by eliminating the need for additional components that require extra cabinet space, extra wiring, and additional configuration and management support. The NAT setup is part of the overall switch configuration environment, making it easier to maintain.
The Stratix 5700 switch with NAT technology also allows users to have the flexibility to segment or isolate network traffic by determining the devices exposed to the larger network. By limiting access to certain devices, they can be isolated from broader network traffic, which can help optimise the network performance at the local level.
Key features of Stratix 5700 managed industrial Ethernet switches:
- Available with 6, 10 and 20 fixed-port configurations
- IEEE-1588 time synchronisation, QoS (prioritisation) and Resilient Ethernet Protocol (REP)
- Allows for increased network availability, and helps improve network performance and troubleshooting-enhanced security
- Includes dual-power inputs, input and output alarms, console port, fibre-ready SFP slots and DIN rail mount
- Operating temperature range of -40°C to +60°C
- Model options include NAT, two gig ports, SD flash card, conformal coating, and two different software configurations for a total of 20 different models