Rockwell Automation have joined with Cisco to develop a portfolio of industrial Ethernet switches and ‘Reference Architectures’. The association of these two companies provides businesses with access to solutions that optimise network integration throughout the enterprise, from the manufacturing floor, through to the boardroom.
The Rockwell Automation/Cisco co-branded Stratix series of industrial Ethernet switches includes the Allen-Bradley Stratix 8000 modular managed switch suite. Compact by design, the modular Stratix 8000 switch suite is optimised for operation in IT and manufacturing environments.
The Stratix 8000 switch suite uses the Cisco ‘Catalyst’ operating system and user interface and can be configured using Rockwell Automation RSLogix 5000 programming software. This allows users to set up, program and manage their switching applications using familiar methods. Logic tags are automatically generated, simplifying the integration of network diagnostics, while customised screen layouts can also be developed to permit status monitoring and alarming.
The Stratix 8000 modular managed switch suite features the following selection of switches from Rockwell Automation:
- Stratix 6000 fixed managed switch series: Designed to ease deployment of Ethernet on the plant floor, the Stratix 6000 switch series features setup and default configurations for EtherNet/IP. The compact fixed managed Stratix 6000 switch series provides four or eight copper ports with an option for a fibre uplink to higher-level networks.
- Embedded switches: For daisy-chain and ring network topologies, Ethernet switch technology is embedded directly into end devices such as programmable automation controllers (PACs), distributed I/O and drives. This enables simplified configuration for EtherNet/IP applications.
- Stratix 2000 unmanaged switch series: These industrial-grade switches feature four to eight ports and are offered in copper and fibre connectivity options. The Stratix 2000 unmanaged switch series is easy to install and set up, as it does not require any configuration and uses cable connections.
Rockwell Automation and Cisco have collaborated to develop a series of educational instructional reference documents called ‘Reference Architectures’. ‘Reference Architectures’ include design guides, white papers or educational seminars, webinars and profiles that offer best practice guidance for designing, implementing and maintaining plant-wide network architectures.