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Comtrol in the Energy Industry

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Chemical factory

Within the energy industry, companies are continuously looking for ways to maximize the use of our finite natural resources. Comtrol Corporation provides several solutions for companies who are looking to increase their efficiency in energy.

Comtrol’s DeviceMaster servers have applications in many different parts of the energy industry. Many of our DeviceMaster servers are in place controlling several different energy systems, including hydraulic fracturing with oil collection, wind power, underwater hydropower, and more. The DeviceMaster has also been used to collect data from energy meters, and monitor oil pipelines.

RocketPort® multiport serial cards provide data collection and control capabilities within systems such as electricity generation and conversion. Customers who have used the Rockeport serial card have seen that the card provides reliable monitoring between substations of electricity generation, and efficient communication between all intelligent electrical devices (IEDs).

Becoming more efficient in the way we harvest energy helps to preserve resources and allows us to successfully distribute every portion of that usable energy with minimal loss. Comtrol is committed to providing high-performance and quality communication, data transmission and connectivity devices for these processes

COMING SOON: Class I, Division 2 Certified Switches

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Option4Electrical and industrial equipment installed in potentially hazardous locations need to be regulated by organizations to ensure they are acceptable for installation in volatile environments.  To guarantee equipment is suitable, rigorous tests must be completed and each product must be certified prior to installation.

For these types of critical applications, Comtrol has developed six new unmanaged industrial Ethernet switches based off the RocketLinx ES8105 and ES8108 switches, each holding a Class I, Division 2 (CID2) certification:


Comtrol Railway Standards Compliance

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EN 50121-4 - This standard relates to EMC conformance for railway track-side deployment.

IEC 61373 - This standard covers vibration / shock conformance in railway applications.

Our RocketLinx switches carrying the above certifications have been tested to comply with strict railway standards governing both electromagnetic conformance and shock and vibration for rail-based equipment.  Comtrol’s industrial Ethernet switches feature rugged design and exceptional reliability – and ensure that switch operation does not interfere with other critical electronic equipment deployed in track-side installations.

A Summary of EN50121-4

This European Standard applies to a signaling and telecommunication apparatus which is installed in the railway environment. This standard specifies limits for emission and immunity and provides performance criteria for signaling and telecommunications (S&T) apparatus which may interfere with other apparatus in the railway environment, or increase the total emissions for the railway environment beyond the limits defined in the appropriate standard and so risk causing Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI) to apparatus outside the railway system.


Access Control UL294/294B Regulations: Why Do They Matter?

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UL294 is the standard of safety for Access Control System units that all access control systems must meet. UL294B is a newer standard, specifically for the use of Power over Ethernet (PoE) components used within access control systems where PoE is the primary power source.

Government and state regulations are moving toward required UL294 compliance. Comtrol’s RocketLinx ACS7106 is the first UL294B certified switch enabling confidence in deployment and integration within access control systems. 

The ACS7106 switch features four 10/100BASE-TX PoE Plus ports for providing power and data to remote PDs (Powered Devices) such as access card readers and IP surveillance cameras, and two 10/100/1000BASE-TX uplink ports that assure maximum throughput for high bandwidth applications.

The official site for the UL Standards states that:


1.1 These requirements apply to the construction, performance, and operation of systems intended to regulate or control:

a)    Entry into a protected area or a restricted area or

b)    Access to or the use of a device(s) by electrical, electronic or mechanical means.


Product Spotlight: RocketLinx ® Power over Ethernet Switches

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The Comtrol RocketLinx series of PoE industrial ethernet switches are designed to meet the performance and environmental demands for applications requiring extended operating temperatures, rugged design, and reliable power delivery to standard and high power devices.

Comtrol’s PoE family of switch products offer unique features such as:

  • Forced power mode
  • PoE port scheduling
  • Remote reboot of powered devices
  • Power budget limitation with priority control

Featuring both managed and unmanaged models, the RocketLinx PoE industrial Ethernet switches provide cost-effective networking solutions delivering the industry’s best Ethernet switch technologies.


IP Surveillance

  • Pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras
  • Industrial outdoor security cameras

Access Control

  • Wireless access points

Traffic and Transportation


Selecting an Ethernet Switch to Fit Your Environment

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As a communications equipment manufacturer, Comtrol often suggests applicable products for a customer’s environment based on features the products have.  However, this is a two way street. The proper selection of an Ethernet switch begins with classification of the area in which your product will be placed; only next does it become important to select a switch that fits your environment.

Step 1 – Classify the area in which your network equipment will be located.

Depending on how critical your application is, this can be done with various levels of intensity.  Some users may choose a standardized measure, such as the MICE classification system (Mechanical, Ingress, Climactic Chemicals, Electromagnetic) to ensure an accurate and objective description in every area.  Others may rely on individual objective measurements such as temperature (°F/°C), moisture (% humidity), and known acceleration rates.  Finally, others may elect for a simpler, subjective system such as “Hot/Cold” or “smooth/heavy vibration.”

Step 2 – Select an Ethernet switch that meets the requirements of the area it will be located.

Now that the environment has been classified, the next step is to find an Ethernet switch, or set of Ethernet switches that meets or exceeds each of the characteristics defined by the environment.  By listing environmental specifications on every Comtrol RocketLinx Ethernet switch, this step can be as easy as completing a check list.


Worldwide Release: Comtrol’s RocketLinx ES8508-XT Switch Series

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Comtrol Launches Extended Temperature Compact Industrial Ethernet Switch Series

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — November 21, 2013 — Comtrol Corporation, a leading manufacturer of industrial device connectivity products, today announced the release of the RocketLinx® ES8508-XT series of industrial managed Ethernet switches. The introduction of this new 8-port switch series extends Comtrol’s popular RocketLinx line of industrial Ethernet switches by providing the convenience of both copper and integrated fiber Ethernet ports in a compact, extended temperature range switch ideally suited for deployment in factory, traffic and railway applications. Like all RocketLinx switches, the ES8508-XT series meets the performance and environmental criteria for demanding applications with an extended operating temperature, rugged design, and broad security and performance features including VLAN, QoS, and RSTP/MSTP support. The new RocketLinx ES8508-XT model includes eight (8) 10/100BASE-TX ports while the ES8508F-XT models (Single-Mode and Multi-Mode) feature six (6) 10/100BASE-TX and two 10/100BASE-FX SC fiber ports. All three switches meet EN50121-4 EMC and IEC 61373 vibration standards for railway applications.

“The introduction of the RocketLinx ES8508-XT switches respond to the growing requests for a smaller, fiber-integrated counterpart to our successful ES8510-XT series of transportation and industrially focused switches,” stated Brad Beale, President of Comtrol, “The ES8508-XT series delivers the same security and management features found in our other managed ‘XT’ switches but in a smaller, economical package with NEMA TS2 traffic certification and a high level of immunity to both electromagnetic interference and vibration.”

The ES8508-XT series also supports Modbus TCP/IP for integration with factory networks and includes the latest technologies to ensure reliable, high-bandwidth data communication including a 32Gbps switch fabric for real-time non-blocking data transmission, dual 10-60VDC redundant power inputs (positive or negative), redundant network topology support, and a high performance ARM9 processor with an embedded hardware watchdog timer for system reset and recovery.



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