HMS expands Anybus CompactCom modules

  • October 08, 2012
  • HMS Industrial Networks Inc
HMS expands Anybus CompactCom modules
HMS expands Anybus CompactCom modules

October 8, 2012 - HMS expands Anybus CompactCom modules, a range of embedded communication solutions that provide devices with connectivity to any industrial network. HMS now expands Anybus CompactCom to include a new technology generation. The new offering gives users the possibility to choose their level of integration to the host device and the desired performance level.  Anybus CompactCom consists of ready-made communication interfaces for all major fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks in several form factors:

  • CompactCom Chip: A full network connectivity solution on a single chip for integration into the user’s PCB design.
  • CompactCom Brick: Ideal for users who have limited space or want to add their own choice of network connectors.
  • CompactCom Module: A complete and interchangeable communication module gives the fastest time to market.

Regardless of form factor, users still have the unique interchangeability of Anybus. For example, it is possible to embed a CompactCom module into an automation device and later re-use the same software implementation for a CompactCom Brick or Chip solution. This means a minimum of development efforts for the user. The Anybus CompactCom 30-series (based on the NP30 network processor) is already installed in more than two million devices around the world and is tailored for users needing a solution for general automation such as general purpose drives, weight scales, valves, barcode scanners, sensors, HMIs etc. CompactCom 40-series is based on the new NP40 network processor. This series caters mainly for high-performance industrial communication for demanding applications. The Anybus CompactCom 40-series supports all major industrial networks but is especially suitable for high-end industrial Ethernet and fieldbus applications. Since the CompactCom 40-series practically offers ”zero delay” between the device and the network, it is ideal for high-performance applications with fast network cycles and synchronization demands such as servo drive systems. Like all Anybus CompactCom solutions, the 40-series gives users access to all types of industrial networks — traditional fieldbuses as well as industrial Ethernet — through one single development project. The CompactCom 40-series extends the level of flexibility even further since it uses a reprogrammable CompactCom hardware to support several networks. For example, it is possible to install the CompactCom 40-series Ethernet hardware into an industrial device  and simply download ready-made firmware to connect to the desired network (for example EtherNet/IP, PROFINET IRT or Modbus-TCP).

“We believe that the new 40-series technology with a combination of a faster processor and an FPGA area will provide a future-proof platform,” says Jörgen Palmhager, Chief Operating Officer at HMS. “It gives users the best of both worlds. They get the speed and accuracy they need for demanding applications, and the flexibility to adapt to different networks by simply downloading a new firmware.” HMS Industrial Networks is the leading independent supplier of products for industrial communication including remote management. HMS develops and manufactures solutions for connecting automation devices and systems to industrial networks. Development and manufacturing take place at the headquarters in Halmstad, Sweden. Local sales and support are handled by branch offices in China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, UK and USA. HMS employs over 240 people and reported sales of 42,5 million EUR 2011. HMS is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm in the category small Cap, Information Technology: ISIN SE0002136242.  

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