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Certification Received for Industrial Ethernet Switches and Media Converters

The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech announces that a wide range of their EKI family of Industrial Ethernet Switches and Media Converters have received Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Class 1, Division 2 (groups A, B, C, and D) certification for use in hazard locations.

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Installation of electronic devices in environments where flammable liquids, gasses and vapors may be present is a real challenge. It is critical to use the right equipment in these environments. With UL Class I, Division 2 certification, the EKI-2000 and 7000 series of products are now approved for use in hazardous environments, which are common to oil & gas, mining, and chemical processing industries.

The EKI family of Industrial Ethernet Switches are available in 5-port to 18-port configurations, with both standard copper and fiber connections, 10/100Mbps and gigabit (1000Mbps) speeds, and in both unmanaged and managed models. Managed models offer manual port settings, advanced network traffic control, an ultra-fast 10ms self-healing ring for high availability, and remote monitoring capabilities. The EKI Media Converters allow connections to be extended over optical fiber cable up to nearly 70 miles (110km) and are available in both 100Mbps and gigabit (100Mbps) speeds, with various types of fiber connectors.

Packaged in a compact and thin DIN-rail mount metal chassis, the EKI family of Industrial Ethernet products is ideal where panel space is limited. They are also ruggedized for demanding industrial applications, with redundant 12 to 48 VDC power inputs, 4,000 VDC Ethernet ESD protection, power line surge (EFT) protection of 3,000 VDC, and feature standard -10 to 60°C or extended -40 to 75°C operating temperature range to ensure system uptime.

Currently, the following models are Class 1, Division 2 certified—Unmanaged Ethernet Switches: EKI-2528, EKI-2528I, EKI-2525, EKI-2525I, EKI-2525M, EKI-2526M, EKI-2526S, EKI-2528, EKI-2528I, EKI-2728; Managed Ethernet Switches: EKI-7559MI, EKI-7559SI, EKI-7656C, EKI-7657C, EKI-7758F; Ethernet Media Converters: EKI-2541M, EKI-2541MI, EKI-2541S, EKI-2541SI, EKI-2741F, EKI-2741SX, EKI-2741LX.

Advantech continues to expand the capabilities and breadth of their line of industrial Ethernet products. With these new certifications, the compact and rugged EKI-2000 and EKI-7000 series can now be used in a much broader range of applications, including use in hazardous locations.

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