HMS releases PROFINET Anybus X-gateways

  • July 25, 2012
  • HMS Industrial Networks Inc
HMS releases PROFINET Anybus X-gateways
HMS releases PROFINET Anybus X-gateways

July 25, 2012 - HMS Industrial Networks releases  PROFINET Anybus X-gateways, enabling communication between several industrial networks and PROFINET IRT. The X-gateways can connect PROFIBUS and CANopen to PROFINET IRT Fiber Optics, and ControlNet, EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet to PROFINET IRT with copper cabling. The 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. 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 fiber optics. New networks for copper are ControlNet, EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet while new networks for fiber optics are PROFIBUS and CANopen. The 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 baud rate is 100Mbit/s (full duplex) and uses two RJ45 connectors (copper) or two SC-RJ connectors (Fiber 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.

Anybus X-gateways allow two different networks to talk to each other. In simple terms a user 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.  

“PROFINET IRT is used by many of the large European car manufacturers, most notably 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 since they do not have to develop this connectivity themselves but can just use an Anybus X-gateway to connect their machines to PROFINET IRT.”

HMS Industrial Networks is the leading independent supplier of products for industrial communication. 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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