Harting has expanded its range of Fast Track Ethernet switches for industrial applications with the FTS 3000-PTP range of managed switches.
The new devices feature Precision Time Protocol (PTP), allowing the creation of high-precision industrial networks in which all components of the automation process can be synchronised for time-critical applications.
The FTS 3000-PTP managed Ethernet switches support PTP in accordance with IEEE 1588v2 and can detect automation frames and accelerate them so that they always arrive at the destination in time, independent of the network load. Besides the Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), the switches support the Media Redundancy Protocol (MRP) for ring wiring and can be installed in various topologies. As a result, switch availability is boosted and system downtime is reduced.