Tuesday 9 October 2012

New gateways enabling communication

HMS Industrial Networks has released a series of new Anybus X-gateways that enable communication between several industrial networks and PROFINET IRT. The new X-gateways can connect PROFIBUS and CANopen to PROFINET IRT with fibre-optics, and ControlNet, EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet to PROFINET IRT with copper cabling. The new X-gateways help plant owners and machine builders to migrate to PROFINET without making changes to their existing machinery.

Many industrial companies are today implementing industrial Ethernet networks like PROFINET. However, there are often existing subsystems and machinery which are already networked and need to be included in the new networks. Anybus X-gateways from HMS offer an easy way to connect existing subsystems to PROFINET.

What’s new?
Anybus X-gateways have long been able to connect PROFINET to several fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks. HMS now extends the connectivity to cover PROFINET IRT (Isochronous Real Time) for both copper cabling and fibre-optics. New networks for copper are ControlNet, EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet while new networks for fibre optics are PROFIBUS and CANopen.

Making PROFINET migration possible
PROFINET IRT is used by many large European car manufacturers, most notably those within the AIDA group, and is one of the fastest growing industrial Ethernet networks on the market, says Niklas Selander, product Manager at HMS. By using an Anybus X-gateway plant owners can keep existing equipment and simply connect it to PROFINET IRT networks. This maximizes the investment in their current machinery and speeds up the migration to PROFINET. Machine builders also benefit as they do not have to develop this connectivity themselves and can just use an Anybus X-gateway to connect their machines to PROFINET IRT.

How it works
The new Anybus X-gateways copy I/O-data between any industrial network and PROFINET IRT. Gateway settings regarding, for example, I/O sizes are configured in a Windows-based terminal interface which means no programming is necessary.

The PROFINET interface of the X-gateway works as an I/O-Device on the PROFINET IRT network and supports up to 220 bytes of I/O for both input and output data. The gateway’s baud rate is 100Mbit/s (full duplex) and uses two RJ45 connectors (copper) or two SC-RJ connectors (fibre-optic) allowing installations in line or ring topology. The integrated 2-port IRT switch is another very valuable asset, as it eliminates the need for expensive external switches.

The new Anybus X-gateways enable communication between PROFINET IRT and several industrial networks. In this image PROFIBUS.

What is an X-gateway?
Anybus X-gateways allow two different networks to talk to each other. In simple terms you could say that it is a real-time translator between any two networks. Gateways solve important industrial communication issues for system integrators and end users working with industrial network design, and offer a quick and easy way to connect two otherwise incompatible networks.

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