Wireless and wired devices in hazardous environments

Digi International introduced a line of wired and wireless device networking solutions designed for reliable operation in hazardous environments. The product line includes the Digi Connect WAN IA cellular router, XTend radio frequency (RF) modem, PortServer TS Haz serial server and Digi One IAP Haz serial server. The products are designed to network enable devices in manufacturing and industrial environments where exposure to volatile liquids and gases and severe temperature ranges is common.

The new products are Class 1, Division 2 rated, certifying them for use in environments where volatile flammable liquids, vapors or gases may exist. Industries exhibiting these characteristics include power distribution, oil and gas, water/wastewater, pharmaceutical, food and beverage and agribusiness to name a few. The products also feature conformal coating, a spray-on treatment applied to the printed circuit assembly (PCA) that provides a protective barrier against moisture and corrosion. The products are also rated and lab tested to meet extended operating temperatures typically required in industrial environments. The Digi Connect WAN IA can operate in temperatures between -30° C and 70° C, the XTend RF modem between -40° C and 85° C, and the PortServer TS Haz and Digi One IAP between -35° C and 74° C.

The Digi Connect WAN IA is an Ethernet-to-cellular router with built in Modbus that provides enterprise backup and primary connectivity to devices in remote locations and features industrial hardware/software components. Ideal for any environment where running a cable is difficult such as crossing a highway, the XTend RF modem provides serial cable replacement over a 900MHz RF connection and can provide up to 40 miles of range in line-of-sight conditions. The PortServer TS Haz serial server provides high-performance serial-to-Ethernet connectivity and makes it easy to connect one to four serial devices to a network. The Digi One IAP Haz provides serial-to-Ethernet connectivity and a protocol bridge to allow interoperability of industrial serial and Ethernet devices.

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