Friday 15 May 2015

Handling profiles!

HMS Industrial Networks now presents a new solution for handling profiles - mainly targeting drives and motion applications. The extension to the new Anybus CompactCom 40-series enables drives manufacturers to comply with common profile specifications such as PROFIdrive, EtherCAT DS402, and transparent DS402 on other networks

Trends such as Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) mean that more and more industrial devices are getting connected to industrial networks. This is especially true when it comes to drives or inverters which are the most networked devices of all – 3.5 million inverters and 800,000 servo drives are expected to be networked during 2015. But developing and maintaining connectivity to different networks is both time-consuming and resource-demanding – especially if you want to comply to drive and motion profiles for several networks. Now, by integrating support for Anybus CompactCom into a drive, device manufacturers will be able to offer wide fieldbus and industrial Ethernet connectivity along with integrated profile support to their customers - all through one, single development project.

Multi-network connectivity with profiles for drives – How it works
Different networks have different standards for how to communicate with a drive (for example, to tell the drive to operate at a certain speed). These so called “drive profiles” or “motion profiles” are supported by the Anybus concept through a Profile Driver Package — a software stack which is implemented into the drive during development. The ready-made source code from HMS can be quickly integrated into the processor of any drive.

Consequently, the profile-specific data is not actually “translated” inside the Anybus CompactCom. Rather, it passes through the module’s transparent channel unchanged and the conversion is done in the drive utilizing HMS’ Profile Driver Package. The DS402-based Profile Driver can be used to handle any CAN-based profile – not just drives and motion profiles – on any network. For example:

  • EtherNet/IP: Transparent DS402
  • EtherCAT: DS402, SEMI, Encoder

The fast track to network connectivity for drives
The Anybus CompactCom 40-series enables drives manufacturers to comply with the demands from all major networks, even for demanding high-performance standards such as EtherCAT or PROFINET 2.31. The 40-series is especially designed for demanding applications requiring low latency and high data throughput. (Process data latency is lower than 15µs and 1500 bytes of process data can be transferred in each direction).

The 40-series products are pre-certified for network conformance by all the major network organizations which substantially speeds up testing and compliance. HMS also offers implementation help as a packaged service for drives manufacturers.

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