Beijer Electronics opens office in Pune, India

December 1st, Beijer Electronics opens an office in Pune, India, further expanding its geographic coverage to drive organic growth and strengthen local support of customers around the world.

 “India’s industrial growth and infrastructure expansion offer interesting business opportunities within industrial automation and industrial data communication. This establishment is a natural step in our geographical expansion strategy to ensure growth and improve customer support”, Carl-Johan Zetterberg Boudrie, Vice President Business Development at Beijer Electronics, comments and continues: “With our presence in Pune, we are now well-positioned to provide essential support and service to local partners and customers as well as to our global customers with activities in India”.

The Pune office will work closely with Beijer Electronics’ existing partners in the area, providing local sales and technical support.

Next generation Westermo Ethernet switches improve onboard railway communication network reliability

Compact, rugged and reliable EN 50155 approved industrial Ethernet switches simplify onboard communications applications

To meet the growing demand for reliable onboard railway communications networks, Westermo has introduced a new generation of industrial Ethernet switches that provide highly robust networks and long term field operation. Specifically designed for onboard applications around the “Westermo IP train concept”, the new Viper-212, Viper-112 and Viper 012 twelve-port switches, deliver a complete solution for onboard control systems, including improved levels of reliability and simplified network design, installation and maintenance.

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The Westermo IP train concept provides a complete EN50155 Ethernet switch and routing solution providing an ultra-reliable network backbone for the creation of intelligent trains. This concept has been developed in answer to the many unique requirements of the rail industry which can be solved using a suite of IP protocols delivered by the Westermo Operating System - WeOS.

Onboard rolling stock applications present one of the toughest environments for any electronic device. The Viper series exceeds the EN 50155 onboard railway standard for electronic equipment, which encompasses not only EMC requirements, but also shock, vibration, extended temperature range and humidity. The switches have also been designed to achieve the highest mean time between failures of up to 900,000 hours, ensuring the extremely long-term and reliable field operation that is expected within the railway industry.

The Viper 212 is a managed layer 3 routing switch, The Viper 112 offers managed layer 2 switching functionality and the Viper 012 is an unmanaged solution. These different levels of software functionality allow users to select the most appropriate level of functionality for their network whilst still having hardware that meets the toughest environmental challenges.

The new Viper series incorporates M12 connectors that are integrated into the housing to reduce size and further protect against vibration. With an ultra-robust design, sealed to IP65 and vibration resistant to military standards, these units are ideal for situations where mechanical stress, moisture, condensation; dirt or continuous vibrations (such as those produced by engine) could adversely affect the function of standard Ethernet switches. A unique Gore-Tex membrane is used to prevent condensation build up by normal climatic day/night cycling. The Viper-212 is also very compact and ultra-thin, enabling installation within the confined spaces of railcar panels.

The WeOS operating system of the Viper and RedFox switches is able to balance data traffic on the network to maintain maximum throughout and stability. The introduction of increased traffic from new cameras or video stream will therefore not affect the stability of the entire network. In the event of any link or hardware failure Westermo’s unique FRNT technology is able to re-configure a large network in 20ms.

For easy configuration, the Ethernet switches can be safely accessed from anywhere in the network, or directly via a console port on the Viper switch or an Ethernet or USB port on the RedFox switch. The configuration can be backed up and restored in seconds using a using a special M12 USB memory stick. An easy to use, secure web configuration interface simplifies the setting up of a redundant ring network.

Westermo industrial mobile broadband router provides resilient high-speed access to remote systems and devices

Secure connectivity to mobile or remotely located Ethernet and RS-232 devices improves operational efficiency  

By providing resilient and secure access to remotely located Ethernet and RS-232 systems and devices it is possible to eliminate the need for time consuming site visits required to take manual readings, diagnose problems or recalibrate instruments. To help support this need Westermo has released a new industrial mobile broadband router that provides secure access to your assets and helps to lower operational costs associated with the cost of travel and time spent away from the main site.

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The newly launched Westermo MRD-350 is a robust industrial mobile broadband router designed for remote access across a cellular network and uses the Internet to cost effectively inter-connect systems, allowing HMIs, PLCs, and other devices to communicate with each other. The router has an uplink capacity of up to 5.7 Mbit/s and downlink of 14.4 Mbit/s, making it suitable for high data rate transmissions. Typical mobile or static applications include video surveillance, SCADA/DNP3 telemetry systems and remote access to machines and devices. For solar powered applications energy efficiency is vital and the MRD-350 has a special low-power mode to only be fully powered when needed.

The MRD-350 supports a wide variety of wireless standards including GSM, GPRS, 3G UMTS, HSDPA, and HSUPA. The MRD-350 features dual SIM card support, which ensures that site connectivity is not dependent on a single carrier. Should a carrier network failure take place the unit automatically switches to the alternative SIM card. When applied to on board applications (train, truck, buses, off road vehicles, etc.) the routers will automatically use the most efficient network available according to the geographical area.

A rugged enclosure, operating voltage range from 10 VDC to 60 VDC and compact design with all interfaces and LEDs positioned at the front makes the unit extremely well suited for industrial DIN-rail applications in harsh environments. With isolation between the PSU and the Ethernet and serial ports, protection is provided against issues caused by ground loops.

Devices connected to the Internet require counter measures towards cyber threats. The MRD-350 offers protection from malicious eavesdroppers via encrypted communication tunnels - Virtual Private Networks (VPN). The device also features a simple, yet powerful, packet inspection firewall. Using the on-board web interface it is easy to set up a VPN tunnel running between sites even over insecure networks such as the Internet.

To extend the life of legacy equipment there are a number of tools included that will ensure connectivity with PLCs and other RS-232-based devices. A built-in two port 10/100 Ethernet switch and RS-232 port allow a broad range of devices, machines and systems to seamlessly connect over any distance. The RS-232 port provides a simple modem replacement solution with the benefit of not having to reprogram or change any other component.

Westermo device server switch provides IP connection to legacy serial devices and routing functionality

Westermo announces the release of its Lynx DSS compact device server switch for connecting legacy serial control and telemetry systems to the latest IP networks. With low data rate serial communications being replaced by higher bandwidth IP networks, the Lynx DSS helps to preserve any investment in existing systems, add functionality by supporting new equipment that requires additional bandwidth, and ensures trouble free industrial communications for many years.

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Lynx DSS is an industrial Ethernet switch for managing applications with a combination of IP and serial connections. Providing a single unit solution the Lynx DSS replaces the need for multiple units. Powered by an updated version of the Westermo WeOS operating system, the device delivers enhanced serial to Ethernet connectivity, and support for dual serial networks, modem replacement functionality, and Modbus gateways. Legacy devices can be connected via two serial ports. One of these is configured for RS-232 and the other for either RS-232 or RS-422/485.

Two versions are available, the L208-F2G-S2 and L108-F2G-S2. The L108 supports a range of layer 2 switching functions that provide resilient, rapid recovering redundant ring Ethernet networks. The unit has four 10/100 Mbit/s ports and two further ports can be fitted with either Gbit or 100 Mbit SFP transceivers. In addition to these functions the L208 provides additional layer 3 networking functionality including routing, firewalls and VPN remote access. 

With the increasing number of cyber attacks, advanced security is now critical for industrial networks. Remote, secure access to a network is provided using encrypted VPNs and a multi-port DMZ (demilitarized zone or subnet that is exposed to the Internet) can be constructed using the internal port-based-firewall-function. These functions support users wanting to communicate over potentially insecure networks and also help to prevent users inadvertently connecting to the wrong network. 

Suitable for deployment in extreme operating conditions, the device is type-tested to meet industrial EMC, isolation, vibration and shock standards, and approved for use in relevant industrial applications, including Cenelec EN 50121-4 certification for railway trackside installations. The Lynx DSS has a wide operating temperature range from -40 to 70 °C. There is no fan or other moving parts, and the industrial grade components and a full metal IP40 enclosure – with no cooling holes that would allow the ingress of dust – contribute to the extremely high mean time between failures (MTBF) of over 500,000 hours, resulting in long trouble-free service life.

Lynx DSS is the most compact and energy efficient switch of its type on the market. The low power requirement of just 250 mA at 24V DC, results in a reduction in running cost over the life of the unit and helps companies reduce their power usage. With a footprint size of only 100mm x 50mm, the unit is easy to incorporate into machines and existing applications. A wide operating power requirement of 19-60V DC further increases the number of suitable applications.

The WeOS operating system has been developed as a cross platform solution. Available on the Westermo RedFox, Wolverine, Lynx and Falcon products, it provides a future proof and scaleable solution for industrial networking requirements.

Westermo industrial Ethernet switch reduces the stress for ABB Force Measurement

ABB FM (Force Measurement) is using Westermo’s Redfox industrial Ethernet switch with its latest version of Stressometer system for measurement and control of rolling mills. The implementation of the Redfox Industrial device has helped to reduce the number of data communication products needed from six to one, simplifying the system and lowering costs.

ABB FM is a leading global supplier of control systems for rolling mills. The company’s Stressometer system, consisting of a variety of measuring and control instruments, optimises the process to produce the highest quality rolled products. When implementing a previous version of the Stressometer system, the rolling mill control network would often consist of up to six different networking devices. These included switches, routers, converters and firewalls that would invariably be supplied by different manufacturers. This could result in compatibility issues and a lack of critical networking functions such as secure VPNs and separation of networks. It also resulted in difficulties installing and maintaining these complex networks. The greater number of products needing to be configured meant it took longer to install and required a higher level of network knowledge. The need to use multiple products also contributed to a congested control cabinet, which would then need to be cooled. This leads to increased maintenance requirements as fans become worn.

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The networking solution for Stressometer is now based on a single RedFox Industrial 18 port, layer 3 switch running Westermo’s WeOS operating system. The WeOS operating system has been developed by Westermo to provide layer 2 and layer 3 functions, which means the RedFox Industrial device can be used as both a switch and a router. The WeOS operating system can also manage complex networking issues including advanced security. For example each port can be configured with individual firewall rules and support is provided for encrypted VPN tunnels, which means you can connect securely over the internet. These new functions provided by Redfox Industrial Are now enabling the Stressometer system to handle multiple data communication networks within the mill using a single networking device.

"We have been delivering this latest version of the Stressometer system incorporating the RedFox Industrial device since 2010 and we have had no problems at all with the data communications," says Christer Gustafsson, Data Communications Manager at ABB FM. "When we upgraded our system we wanted a more unified networking solution. The Westermo device helps achieve this by avoiding compatibility problems between products from different manufacturers. Because of this the system is now easier for us to install and maintain and costs less to deliver.”

The RedFox Industrial’s WeOS operating system enables the communication network to be subdivided into three Virtual VLANs: A protected VLAN, using an encrypted VPN tunnel that is not accessible by the client, connects all the measuring and control instruments. A second VLAN connects to the rolling mill control computer and the third connects to the mill's office network. This provides a link to the Internet and enables the system to be monitored securely from outside the industrial network.

The new network solution for the Stressometer system is delivered preconfigured and installation is as simple as plugging in a few cables. Once in place, it is virtually maintenance free. If the Stressometer system requires updates or servicing, ABB FM can simply access the protected part of the network over the Internet via the encrypted VPN tunnel. Although the system is pre-configured it is still very flexible. Should equipment be plugged in or moved Network Address Translation (NAT) rules can be applied without affecting the original configuration.

The ABB Stressometer systems are installed in tough industrial environments. Westermo’s RedFox Industrial switch has been designed specifically for such applications and will operate in environments with high levels of electromagnetic interference and in extreme temperatures of between -40 to +70degC.

"We have tried many different industrial data communication products from different suppliers, but none have been good enough for our demanding requirements. The new solution, incorporating the Westermo device, works very well and requires very little technical support," concludes Gustafsson.

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