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Pre-configured Ethernet frames are ‘25% faster to install’

11 February, 2015

Panduit has launched a preconfigured industrial distribution frame (IDF) designed to deploy and protect rack-mounted industrial Ethernet switches. The company claims that the frame will allow equipment to be deployed 25% faster than IDF installations that are not pre-configured, as well as “significantly” lowering the risk of downtime due to switch overheating.

The pre-configured IDF includes features that cut the time normally spent on designing, procuring, and installing. It is said to have three times the cooling capacity of other systems, thus improving network availability. The IP66–rated, wall-mounting, dual-hinged enclosure accommodates up to five switches with front and rear access.

“The market demand for industrial device connectivity is rapidly accelerating on the plant and factory floor, driven by emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing,” comments Craig Resnick, vice-president of the ARC Advisory Group. “This rapidly-growing market requires additional industrial-strength infrastructure solutions that are designed for quick deployment, to withstand harsh environments, and shorten the time to perform functions ranging from diagnostics and maintenance to upgrades and expansion.

Panduit's pre-configured distribution frame can cut the time needed to deploy industrial Ethernet switches

“The Panduit Pre-Configured IDF,” he continues, “addresses these issues, in addition to extending the lifecycle of the equipment such as switches and UPS systems installed in the enclosure. This is accomplished by creating an enclosure environment that maintains the installed devices’ designed operating temperature ranges as well as the Nema or IP protection ratings for the devices.”

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