- January 20, 2015
- Deutschmann Automation
January 20, 2015 -Deutschmann Automation updates UNIGATE CL protocol converters that can be fitted with eight integrated, freely configurable I/O interfaces. The housing size stays the same. The I/Os are provided as plug-in connections on top the housing.
The converters for DIN rail installation enable the integration of existing devices in diverse fieldbus and Ethernet environments. The newly introduced models additionally support direct and application-specific control of actuators, sensors, and signaling devices – external I/Os from other manufacturers are no longer required.
The integrated I/Os are configured via the same script that is the basis of all Deutschmann gateways, handling the conversion of the terminal device protocol to the respective fieldbus or Ethernet protocol. Users are free to define each I/O as an input or output, and to apply their individual switching logic in associating I/Os with each other. Configuration by means of a script is unique to Deutschmann products. It allows for an unusually flexible adaptation of the devices to any requirement. In addition to application-specific configuration of I/Os, the script can be used to emulate complex protocols and to buffer and process data. Furthermore, it supports integration of customer-specific commands, linking of functions to time or event-based triggers, and visualization of all data and statuses in the bus. The script is programmed by means of the free-of-charge Protocol Developer tool which requires no special programming skills or knowledge of fieldbuses.
UNIGATE CL gateways are available, amongst others, for Profibus, MPI, DeviceNET, ASi, CANopen, LonWorks, Modbus TCP, PROFINET (compliant with the PROFINET V.2.2 specification), EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, Ethernet TCP/IP, RS-based protocols such as Modbus RTU, Modbus ASCII, and of course also for customer-specific protocols. All variants comply with the relevant standards, have the same measurements of 23 x 100 x 115 mm, and feature an identical device and serial side configuration. They use the full transmission bandwidth of the respective industry protocol and support all speeds. Deutschmann offer to fit all products with OEM brand labels.