Advantech EKI ProView Series

News25 Aug 2015Advantech
The Advantech ProView range of Ethernet switches uses Modbus/TCP to communicate with the SCADA software and SNMP to communicate with the NMS (Networking Management System) at the same time, thereby allowing full read control over the devices either for control engineers or for IT personnel. This unique capability means that Advantech ProView SCADA series switches are regarded as the world’s first convergence switches for process control and IT networking management.
The Proview series come with the port-based QoS for deterministic data transmission, which allows the prioritisation of the traffic coming over those ports and the less immediately necessary data over the remaining ports to be delayed. This is especially useful for high bandwidth applications such as video streaming where latency would cause problems. EKI ProView switches use the highest quality components, allowing an operating temperature of between -40°C and +75°C (on selected models) along with level 3 EMS protection to repel electromagnetic interface for industrial resistance.
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Bridging the gap between managed and unmanaged switches

With the communication capability using both Modbus/TCP and SNMP protocol, Advantech's ProView switches help bridge the gap between managed and unmanaged switches. This new classification of networking switches will provide management convergence between industrial control and IT networking management.

ProView technology is positioned in between the two switch classes to introduce an option for increasingly complex industrial networking to bring plant engineers a robust and easily diagnosed network with very little learning curve. In all, this means finding and resolving issues quickly.

Exploring the benefits of ProView switches

In the field of factory automation, ProView series switches are categorised as unmanaged switches but can be monitored by IT and control engineers with the support of SNMP (MIB) to communicate with the NMS (Networking Management System) and Modbus/TCP to communicate with the SCADA software in one box. These two protocols are the most commonly used within IT and process control engineers respectively which allows both to be fully aware of the system, port and packet information.

The specific design and the convergence of these mainstream protocols make ProView Switches a major breakthrough in the industry.

The ProView series are considered as monitored unmanaged switches which is a world first design offering. In the field of factory automation, factory operators are forced to purchase managed switches to monitor the real time data of switches without actually having the need to utilise the full functions and features of the more expensive managed switch. Under these circumstances, the ProView series are the first switches to resolve this issue and create a product that sits between the diverse demands and requirements facing both networking and IT/Process Control engineers.

The IT/Process Control engineers are able to supervise the packet information (Tx/Rx Error Packets Counter), port information (port status/ port speed and link up counter) and system information (device status/ IP address) at very cost effective price close to that of unmanaged switches.

Overview of the ProView range

There are 18 models in the ProView range, each with an additional wide temperature "I" version with an operating temperature of -40°C to +75°C. All models feature dual redundant power.

The ProView range features models with between 5 to 18 ports, with combinations of 100BaseTX Ethernet, 1000BaseTX Gigabit Ethernet, Single and Multi mode fibre, SC and ST and SFP ports.

All versions are certified with CE, FCC, UL, 60950-1, Class 1 Div 2, ATEX, IECEx and UL 508. View the full ProView range.

Product codePort configuration
EKI-5525/I5 port 100BaseTX
EKI-5528/I8 port 100BaseTX
EKI-5526/I16 port 100BaseTX
EKI-5525S/I4 port 100BaseTX + 1 100BaseFX (single mode SC)
EKI-5525S/I-ST4 port 100BaseTX + 1 100BaseFX (single mode ST)
EKI-5525M/I4 port 100BaseTX + 1 100BaseFX (multi mode SC)
EKI-5525M/I-ST4 port 100BaseTX + 1 100BaseFX (multi mode ST)
EKI-5524SS/I4 port 100BaseTX + 2 100BaseFX (single mode SC)
EKI-5524SS/I-ST4 port 100BaseTX + 2 100BaseFX (single mode ST)
EKI-5524MM/I4 port 100BaseTX + 2 100BaseFX (multi mode SC)
EKI-5524MM/I-ST4 port 100BaseTX + 2 100BaseFX (multi mode ST)
EKI-5629C/I8 port 100BaseTX + 2 port 1000BaseTX
EKI-5626C/I16 port 100BaseTX + 2 port 1000BaseTX
EKI-5725/I5 port 1000BaseTX
EKI-5728/I 8 port 1000BaseTX
EKI-5726/I 16 port 1000BaseTX
EKI-5729F/I8 port 1000BaseTX + 2 SFP
EKI-5726F/I 16 port 1000BaseTX + 2 SFP
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