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Harting has introduced an industrial Ethernet switch that features Fast Track Switching technology, a solution that meets the majority of requirements in Ethernet networks for automation applications.

The Ha-VIS FTS 3100s-A switch detects real-time automation frames and uses the cut-through method to accelerate transmission.

These automation frames are always forwarded before other types – in other words, they always have the right of way over non-real-time frames.

The FTS 3100s-A incorporates 10 Fast Ethernet ports and is an unmanaged switch that can be configured with the FTS Manager via a USB interface.

It combines the simple handling of a plug-and-play device with individual setting options tuned to the particular automation application.

Port-related settings, such as data rate, duplex mode and port mirroring, are said to be simple to set up.

The FTS Manager allows users to select the automation protocols that are to be detected and put on the fast track.

Profinet, Ethernet/IP and Modbus TCP protocols are currently available and can all be preconfigured and then activated with a single click.

Options are also available that allow other profiles to be detected and transported in FTS mode.

This enables users to profit from FTS, even for their specific protocols; the switch can be optimised to almost any application, although the factory setting can handle the requirements in most cases.

According to Harting, an optional pluggable memory card also provides users with a safe and reliable tool for saving and loading the settings.

The HARTING Technology Group is an industry leader in the fields of electrical, electronic and optical connection, transmission and networking. Headquartered in Espelkamp, Germany, HARTING remains family owned after more than 65 years in business, and despite its European roots has become a global company, with subsidiaries in 32 countries worldwide and manufacturing operations in Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, Romania, USA and China.

In the UK, HARTING Ltd., based in Northampton, has over 100 employees, and turnover is currently in excess of GBP12 million. HARTING Ltd. has Investor in People Accreditation and is ISO 9001 certified.

HARTING’s UK manufacturing operation, HARTING Integrated Solutions, manufactures and tests high-speed multi-layer backplanes and cable assemblies.

Harting produces a range of high-quality electronic interconnection solutions, including D-Sub, 2 mm metric, DIN 41612 and IDC types as well as MicroTCA card edge connectors.

In the field of industrial connectors, HARTING manufactures the industry-leading Han(R) heavy-duty connector family and other products for the industrial environment including industrial Ethernet switches and hubs, Automation IT products to link IP67 industrial and IP20 office systems, M8 and M12 connectors and their associated subassemblies, and RJ Industrial connectors for both copper and fibre-optic communications.

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