Integrating machines into the network architecture of a plant can be difficult because OEM IP addresses do not always meet the end-user's need for IP addresses on the network. This is a challenge for users because IP addresses are usually unknown until the machine is installed. Rockwell Automation solves this with the Industrial Managed Ethernet Switch "Allen-Bradley Stratix 5700"which now comes with optional integrated "Network Address Translation" (NAT) function.
This switch eliminates additional costs and delays in plant commissioning. The hardware-based NAT feature simplifies integration of IP address mapping from a set of local machine-level IP addresses into the end user's larger plant process network. This will especially benefit manufacturers who want to incorporate identical machines into a production line, especially if several plant builders are to be integrated into a common production line.
With the Stratix 5700 NAT feature, OEMs can deliver their standard machines to customers without having to configure unique IP addresses. The end user can then more easily insert the machines into the larger network using the NAT feature. Since the machines are identical by default, they can also be easily maintained.