HMS adds M12 connectors to Anybus CompactCom modules

  • September 12, 2012
  • HMS Industrial Networks Inc
HMS adds M12 connectors to Anybus CompactCom modules
HMS adds M12 connectors to Anybus CompactCom modules

September 12, 2012 - HMS Industrial Networks released Anybus CompactCom modules equipped with M12 connectors. This enables network connectivity for machinery which operates in wet, dusty, or otherwise demanding industrial environments. Networks are initially PROFIBUS, PROFINET, DeviceNet, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP and EtherCAT.

The M12 versions will be available with and without housing. The M12 version without housing makes it possible to achieve a protection rating of IP67 (IP = Ingress Protection). This means that the product is completely sealed from dust and can resist water. The CompactCom M12 versions with housing are IP20 rated, just as the standard CompactCom modules with the default fieldbus connectors. The Anybus CompactCom modules with M12 connectors offer the same functionality as standard CompactCom modules, including complete interchangeability between modules. This means that once the Anybus CompactCom concept is implemented into a product, it is possible to just plug in any CompactCom module to get access to the targeted network. HMS offers Anybus CompactCom with M12 connectors for the following industrial networks:

  • PROFINET RT (September 2012)
  • EtherNet/IP (September 2012)
  • Modbus TCP (September 2012)
  • EtherCAT (October 2012)
  • PROFIBUS (October 2012)
  • DeviceNet (November 2012)

“We see companies standardizing on M12 connectors for various reasons,” says Stefan Källström, Product Manager, Embedded Solutions at HMS. “Some use it because they provide a sturdy and secured wire connection, while others need to reach higher IP rating since their machines operate in wet or in dusty environments. With the new M12 connectors, we enable device manufacturers and end users to get access to the most common fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks and still maintain a high IP rating.“

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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