HMS expands Anybus Communicator CAN

  • August 29, 2011
  • HMS Industrial Networks Inc
HMS expands Anybus Communicator CAN
HMS expands Anybus Communicator CAN

August 29, 2011 - HMS introduces Anybus Communicator CAN, which enables CAN-devices to be connected to CC-Link, ControlNet, Modus RTU, EtherCAT, Modbus TCP and Profinet IRT. The Anybus Communicator CAN, enables communication between any industrial device with a CAN interface and a chosen industrial network. Following the initial release in July which offered connectivity to 5 networks, HMS can now offer a complete solution for 11 major fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks.

  • CANopen
  • CC-Link (new)
  • ControlNet (new)
  • DeviceNet
  • Modbus RTU (new)
  • Profibus
  • EtherCAT (new)
  • EtherNet/IP
  • Modbus TCP (new)
  • Profinet
  • Profinet-IRT (new)

Typical users and applications The Anybus Communicator CAN makes life easier for system integrators and network designers enabling quick and easy connection of CAN-enabled devices to a higher level network. Typical devices include frequency drives, sensors, actuators, human machine interfaces, barcode readers, RFID readers, weighscales and other types of industrial machinery. True Anybus: connectivity to any fieldbus or Ethernet network "There is a great need to connect industrial automation devices running CAN to different industrial networks. The initial market response after the first release in July confirms this and the product is already being implemented on a wide scale by customers. The networks in highest demand so far have been EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet, but we have also seen an increase in orders from Profinet users. With the new release, we now realize the full Anybus promise offering connectivity to any fieldbus or Ethernet network,” comments Martin Falkman, Product Line Manager Gateways at HMS. Technical highlights Any device with a CAN 2.0 A- or B-based protocol can be connected without any hardware or software changes to the CAN devices. This allows automation devices, even those with slower CAN communication, to be integrated into high-speed fieldbus/Ethernet networks without any restrictions to the upper network. Included with the Communicator CAN is the Anybus Configuration Manager enabling visual CAN frame building without any programming or scripting skills needed. What is an Anybus Communicator Gateway? Anybus Communicator can connect almost any automation device with a proprietary CAN or serial RS232/422/485 communication interface to fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks. The Communicator performs an intelligent conversion between the protocol of the automation device and the chosen industrial network. HMS Industrial Networks is the leading independent supplier of embedded network technology for automation devices. HMS develops and manufactures solutions for interfacing 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 the branch offices in China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, UK and USA. HMS employs over 200 people and reported sales of 36 million EUR 2010. HMS is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm in the category small Cap, Information Technology: ISIN SE0002136242.  

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