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Ethernet Direct discusses how to select the right industrial-rated IP-67 switch for mission critical applications and offers its own conformal coated switches, engineered for tough environments.

In some industry applications, the environment is humid and temperature distribution is in a confined space, leading to a condensing situation that is considered as harsh industrial environment.

Vaporisation may be present in the air throughout the atmosphere.

IP-67 switches are often used in harsh or extreme industrial environments such as these, where the devices might come into contact with water or a very humid condition.

In such situations, protection such as the switches’ PC board is mandatory, otherwise it could damage product life and reliability.

Ethernet Direct offers a solution in the form of its conformal coated IP-67 switches, engineered specifically for tough environments.

The Iguana series of Industrial Ethernet Switches comes with conformal coating technology that meets MIL-I-46058C standard.

These switches were designed in recognition that the type of Industrial switch required is mostly defined by the environment they will be subjected to.

Temperature range is one of the important areas but not the only one.

In mission-critical and harsh environments such as where most Industrial hardened Ethernet switches are deployed, conformal coating acts as protection against moisture, dust, chemicals and temperature extremes which, if not protected against, could result in a complete failure of the electronic system.

These applications include mining, metal industries, oil and gas, military applications, chemical processing and food and beverage industries.

Conformal coatings encapsulate circuit boards and their electronic components in order to prevent the ingress of moisture, fungus, dust and other environmental contaminants.

After the coating is made on the switches, it provides environmental and mechanical protection to significantly extend the life of the components and circuitry to meet the challenges in severe industrial environments.

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