Molex partners with PDC for IIoT solutions

Created April 26, 2018
Components and solutions company Molex has partnered with industrial fibre optic communications systems maker Phoenix Digital Corporation (PDC)News and Business

Components and solutions company Molex has partnered with industrial fibre optic communications systems maker Phoenix Digital Corporation (PDC), to market and provide end-to-end, high-availability communication network solutions for industrial automation markets.

PDC’s products incorporate Ethernet-based smart switch technology in a secure and fault-tolerant communication platform. The integrated platform increases plant level connectivity of process and power devices to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), without the complexity of traditional IT-based solutions.

Riky Comini, director of industrial automation at Molex says “This agreement expands our fibre optic portfolio with complete end-to-end network solutions for the IIoT and expands our capabilities to deliver best-in-class communications systems globally.”

PDC president Thomas Schaefer added, “This agreement will provide the industrial market with Ethernet-enabled devices that are simpler to install, inherently secure, more robust and deliver superior connectivity.”

The PDC fibre optic Ethernet system incorporates distributed stacked core technology that enables redundant high-availability Ethernet connectivity, without requiring IP addressing or software configuration. Compatible with all protocols of Ethernet, the technology delivers a secure, simple to install and easy to maintain network with an MTTR of less than 30 seconds. The result is increased network uptime and expansion without disruption—essential elements for a high-availability industrial network.

Molex and PDC now offer a complete set of communication tools, providing higher throughput, greater flexibility, and increased reliability than previous conventional Modbus communication equipment. PDC Modbus optical communication modules provide multi-drop redundant fibre optic communications for high-reliability Modbus, Modbus/TCP, and Modbus & Ethernet networks, with on-the-fly Modbus multi-master multiplexing.

For more information, please visit www.molex.com

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.