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Westermo RedFox Ethernet switch certified for hazardous areas

September 21, 2015 - Westermo announces that RedFox industrial Ethernet switch range is now fully certified for use in hazardous areas. ATEX/IECEx certification by BASEEFA enables these Layer 3 switches to be installed in potentially explosive atmospheres typically found in oil and chemical processing plants, sewage treatment and gas distribution centres, sugar refineries and grain handling locations. 

In addition to obtaining EX-certification, RedFox has been tested both by Westermo and external test houses to meet many EMC, isolation, vibration and shock standards, all to the highest levels suitable for heavy industrial environments and even rail trackside applications. 

As a Layer 3 routing switch RedFox delivers enterprise type routing functionality, utilising industry standard protocols such as OSPF, RIP and VRRP. Should a failure occur within a ring network, Westermo’s FRNT protocol rapidly reconfigures (around 20ms) the network to ensure the process can continue. This helps to minimise any disruption to operations and ensure resilient networks can be constructed. 

RedFox has a wide power range of 19-60VDC on dual power inputs for resilience, and requires 30 per cent less power than the previous generation of products, a significant benefit for lifetime running costs. RedFox has a wide operating temperature range of -40 to +70°C (-40 to +158°F) making it suitable for extreme environmental conditions and because it has no moving parts or cooling holes in the aluminium enclosure this maximises the reliability of the product, providing an exceptional mean time between failure of up to 388,000 hours for ATEX/IECEx approved models. 

Westermo provides a full range of industrial data communications solutions for demanding applications in the transport, water and energy markets among others. For more than 40 years Westermo has been at the forefront of technological development  and often pushed the limits of what is technically possible. 

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