Siemens Industry Automation Division introduces the new Ruggedcom RSG2488 compact rack switch. This high-density layer 2 switch supports up to 28 copper or fiber ports in a compact 1U chassis.

The Ruggedcom RSG2488 features a modular vertical loading design allowing 10/100/1000TX, 100FX or 1000SX ports to be quickly added or exchanged in the field. The modular structure and hot-swappable power-supply design simplifies maintenance and allows fast, low-cost reconfiguration as requirements change.

Designed to operate from -40°C to +85°C (-40°F to 185°F) and with high immunity to EMI per IEEE1613 and IEC61850-3, the Ruggedcom RSG2488 is ideally suited for use in almost any harsh environment. Conformal coating is available. The extruded aluminum enclosure and fanless design ensure simple deployment and low-cost operation. A new version of the proven Rugged Operating System, ROS 4.0, will be available with the RSG2488. While it leverages the advanced technology of the RSG2488, ROS 4.0 has the same user interface as the previous versions of ROS, thereby minimizing operator ramp-up time and expense.

By acquiring the Canadian corporation RuggedCom Inc. in March 2012, Siemens has augmented its portfolio of network components for industrial Ethernet networks to support mission-critical applications in the harshest environments. The new Siemens Ruggedcom branding on the RSG2488 does not affect the product functionality in any way, and all technical specifications and proven features of the RuggedCom products remain unchanged.