Industrial Electronics

Softing Industrial presents Ethernet-APL field switch at ACHEMA 2024

13 June 2024

Softing Industrial announces the presentation of its new “aplSwitch Field” at ACHEMA 2024, June 10 to June 14 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. This state-of-the-art 16-Port Ethernet-Advanced Physical Layer (Ethernet-APL) Field Switch with optional PROFIBUS Process Automation (PA) proxy is designed for use in Zone 2 and establishes seamless connectivity down to the field level.

The “aplSwitch Field” enables the transparent connection of “Two-Wire Intrinsically Safe Ethernet” (2-WISE) Ethernet-APL field devices to higher-level Industrial Ethernet networks, providing these devices withSource: Softing IndustrialSource: Softing Industrial intrinsically safe power. Additionally, the “aplSwitch Field PA” variant supports the connection of both Ethernet-APL field devices and PROFIBUS PA devices, ensuring smooth integration into existing industrial systems.

Seamless integration and robust design: Advanced features and compatibility of “aplSwitch Field”

The “aplSwitch Field” offers easy integration into leading distributed control systems (DCS) and asset management systems (AMS) with 16 Ethernet-APL spur "2-WISE" ports, supporting PROFINET with Media Redundancy Protocol (MRP) ring topology. It is compatible with major systems like Emerson, Siemens and ABB, ensuring stable networks through ingress/egress support. Extensive diagnostics are facilitated by integrated PROFINET functions and a local display, enhancing commissioning and maintenance processes. The “aplSwitch Field” is designed for installation in Ex Zone 2, with connectivity for field devices in Ex Zone 0 and 1. It has a robust housing with protection class IP30.

Flexible power classes and migration options: “aplSwitch Field” and “aplSwitch Field PA” variants

The “aplSwitch Field” variant supports both Power Class A and Power Class B. This ensures that field devices with higher power requirements can also be operated without any problems. The PA variant — “aplSwitch Field PA” — enables the migration of existing PA infrastructure to Ethernet-APL topology. Ethernet-APL and PROFIBUS-PA devices can be used together on one switch thanks to an integrated PROFINET proxy.


The official release date for aplSwitch Field and aplSwitch Field PA will be September 2024.

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