Monday 25 July 2011

CAN connect into industrial networks

New gateway from HMS enables CAN-devices to connect to industrial networks

The Anybus® Communicator CAN™ is a new protocol converter from HMS Industrial Networks. The gateway enables communication between any industrial device with a CAN interface and industrial networks such as Profibus, Profinet, DeviceNet, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT or CANopen.

The Anybus Communicator CAN is designed to exchange data between a subnetwork, running CAN, and a higher level network (Fieldbus or Ethernet). This allows automation devices, even those with slower CAN communication, to be integrated into high-speed fieldbus/Ethernet networks without any restrictions to the upper network.

Instant connectivity for many device types
Today, there is a multitude of proprietary CAN protocols for different devices such as drives, sensors, actuators, human machine interfaces, barcode readers, RFID readers, weighscales etc. The Anybus Communicator enables communication between these devices and higher-level industrial networks such as Profibus, Profinet, DeviceNet, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT or CANopen.

“We have worked a lot with the user experience on this Communicator module,” comments Martin Falkman, Product Line Manager, Gateways at HMS. “The configuration is easily done using the Anybus Configuration Manager which means that users can quickly build a communication protocol in a graphical interface without any programming at all. This is very valuable for system integrators wishing to quickly and easily connect CAN-enabled devices to higher-level networks.”

Dual port Ethernet switch technology
For most Ethernet versions of the Communicator CAN, HMS has included a dual-port switch which enables daisy chaining and eliminates the need for external switches.

The gateway has a fast throughput delay of no more than 5 milliseconds and comes with a 3-year guarantee.

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