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Advantech Launches PROFITNET Compatible Switches


Having switches which can communicate directly across a diverse range of machine automation devices is essential. Advantech’s latest EKI-5500/5600-PN/PNMA series of Industrial Protocol managed switches have been designed to communicate through PROFITNET. They meet the PROFINET RT (Real-time) standard and support media redundancy protocol (MRP) for redundancy.

The EKI-5500/5600-PN series are a new generation of Industrial Protocolmanaged switch products. They support media redundancy and meet the PROFINET real-time standard. The devices come with a compactmetal housing that is IP30 rated to protect against dust filled industrial environments. The wide power input power (8.4 to 52.8 VDC) is dedicated to operating in areas of unstable power and rugged environments. These 8~16 port entry-level managed switches are designed specifically for vertical markets and include the most essential functions to seamlessly communicate directly with SIEMENS PLCs. We provide GSDML files to allow seamless integration with automation systems using SIEMENS PLCs.

As you’d expect from an Advantech switch, the EKI-5500/5600-PN series include all the functions needed for successful and easy network configuration. Features such as Ring, VLAN, and SNMP  make them especially convenient for setting up a network infrastructure, and with theinclusion of PROFINET certification, engineers will find it easier to roll out and configure large numbers of switches that can link with a wide variety of devices in today’s industrial environments.

To find out more about the EKI-5500/5600-PN series contact your local Advantech sales representative or visit