Panduit expands pre-configured industrial distribution frame for Ethernet switches

Panduit announces that it has expanded the Pre-Configured Industrial Distribution Frame (IDF), claiming that it delivers more design flexibility for deploying and protecting rack-mount Ethernet switches.

A new smaller enclosure size and 316 stainless steel versions provide options for customers deploying one to five switches with different corrosion protection requirements. The design provides consistent equipment deployment with up to 25 per cent faster installation than an IDF installation that is not pre-configured, says Panduit, and three times the cooling capacity over typical deployments, reducing downtime risk due to switch overheating. The Pre-Configured IDF is UL 508A-listed, UL Type 4/12 or 4/4X/12 -listed and IP66-rated to ensure safety and reliability.

The 12U IDF is designed for customers deploying up to two switches, and the original 26U IDF accommodates up to five switches, and provides room for expansion. Every Panduit Pre-Configured IDF provides protection from harsh industrial conditions, however, the stainless steel enclosures are claimed to offer superior corrosion resistance in wash-down situations.

As manufacturing demands a rapidly increasing number of Ethernet connections, due to technologies, such as industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0, cloud computing, big data and analytics, more Ethernet switch housing options, that are scalable and can withstand the rigours of industrial environments, will be needed.

Panduit’s 12U IDF addresses these trends, while still adhering to the certification and protection requirements of most industrial environments in an off-the-shelf package designed to help avoid unscheduled downtime.

Panduit develops and provides infrastructure that support, sustains and empowers business growth in a connected world. Panduit is a customer’s adviser, working with them to address critical business challenges within enterprise, data centre, and industrial environments.

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