By using the right signal interface instruments, in the right ways, potential problems can be easily avoided well before they boil over.
The Fieldbus Foundation has announced that an updated version of its FOUNDATION Fieldbus technical specification is now available.
The Anybus Communicator from HMS now provides easy fieldbus and industrial ethernet connectivity for industrial devices that have a Rockwell Automation/Allen Bradley DF1 protocol interface. Almost any DF1 supported device can now be connected to all major industrial networks and PLC systems.
If you manage or operate an industrial automation network, then network management is something that you are already doing. Wouldn't it be ideal to automate these management tasks with software, in order to improve the efficiency of the process?
The Data-Linc CIX System is designed to offer a cost-effective, automation I/O extender that provides direct PLC connection via communication ports to I/O points - with no PLC programming or proprietary software required.
The CP3923 3U CompactPCI ethernet switch for IPv4/v6 communication networks and network-centric applications has up to 16 gigabit ethernet ports. The fully managed switch is designed to be a cost-effective, high-performance solution for harsh environments. The target markets include networking, transportation, aerospace, military and automation.
The CME-822E is a fault-tolerant industrial 10-port SNMP-managed PoE switch that supports eight PSE-classified PoE injector ports. Dual SFP sockets are also provided, for installation of fast ethernet or gigabit mini-GBIC modules, and providing the flexibility to support multimode, singlemode or WDM fibre optic supporting various distances up to 120 km.
Interfaces for PROFIBUS, FOUNDATION Fieldbus and DeviceNet that make it possible for engineers to connect LabVIEW, programmable automation controllers (PACs) and embedded systems to their existing industrial networks have been announced.
The Open DeviceNet Vendors Association (ODVA) has published new editions of the specifications for ODVA networks.
Last year we published a review of technologies that are used to provide real-time or near-real-time operation over Ethernet networks. This month we examine one of them in more depth.
The QSU2-540 industrial communications module has four independent serial ports with each port able to support RS232, RS422 or RS485 protocols.
Belden has announced a range of zone-level security switches that are designed to protect control systems against network problems and cyber threats. The Hirschmann Eagle Tofino range combines a security appliance with a collection of software modules that are intended to together provide practical and effective industrial network security that is simple to implement and does not require plant shutdowns.
The Hirschmann BAT controllers WLC25, WLC50 and WLC100 are designed for use in switch cabinets and can be used to centrally configure and manage 25, 50 or 100 WLAN access points respectively. As these controllers are fully compatible to all Hirschmann access points in the BAT series, existing BAT equipment does not need to be replaced.