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6K switches upgrade increases performance at Irish Distillers' Midleton plant

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“We had used a fibre-optic star topology to network the various SCADA PCs in the different production area control centres, but although it was state of the art when it went in, the network was quickly becoming a limiting factor,” says Michael Tracey, Engineering Manager at the Midleton distillery. “Even at 100Mbps we were finding the fibre connections too slow, while the star topology and the use of unmanaged switches meant that it was difficult to expand the system and diagnose faults.”

Looking for a new solution that would prove faster, simpler to manage and more tolerant of faults to ensure high availability of the network, Michael Tracey turned to GarrettCom Europe and found the answer in its high speed, industrially hardened managed Ethernet switches. Designed to meet modern requirements of high performance and increased configuration flexibility, the 6K Managed Switch family (including the 6K32T chosen at Midleton) combines Gigabit fibre ports with choices of both 100Mb and 10Mb fibre or copper ports, all of which can be mixed and matched within any given switch to best meet the needs of the application. The managed switches are supplied with Garrettcom’s MNS software, which provides a complete range of management services.

 

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