Industrial networks & buses

First Profibus Competence Centre in Australia

11 November, 2008 | Supplied by: Pentair Valves & Controls

Tyco Flow Control Pacific has been accredited by Profibus International (PI) as the first Profibus International Competence Centre (PICC) in Australia. Profibus is now a $60 billion market and dominates all sectors of industrial automation. It has more devices in the field than all rival Fieldbus systems combined.

H1 registered data cable

01 November, 2008 | Supplied by: Belden Australia Pty Ltd

The IndustrialTuff DataBus cable, part number 3076F, is registered to the Foundation Fieldbus H1 Cable Test Specification. It is a Type A 18 AWG stranded cable featuring a polyolefin insulation, orange or intrinsically safe blue PVC jacket and a 100% Beldfoil shield with TC drain wire.

EDS-G308 gigabit ethernet switch

01 November, 2008 | Supplied by: CrispTech Pty Ltd

The Moxa EDS-G308 is equipped with 8 gigabit ethernet ports with up to two selectable fibre-optic 100/1000M SFP modules.

Hazardous area M2M networking

01 November, 2008 | Supplied by: Dominion Electronics

Digi International has introduced a line of wired and wireless device networking solutions designed for reliable operation in hazardous environments. The product line includes the Digi Connect WAN IA cellular router, XTend RF modem, PortServer TS Haz MEI serial server and Digi One IAP Haz serial server.

World’s largest ‘smart’ pulp mill in Chile

20 October, 2008 | Supplied by: Emerson Automation Solutions

The world’s largest ‘smart’ pulping mill has been built by Celulosa Arauco at Nueva Aldea in central Chile. Digital automation by Emerson Process Management allows mill personnel to readily access more data, allowing for easier calibration and greater mill-wide visibility, efficiency and management.

PoE switches

05 October, 2008 | Supplied by: FyberLynx

Transition’s industrial POE switches are power sourcing equipment devices that comply with the IEEE802.3af 2003 standard and combine data received over a fibre-optic link with -48 VDC power, providing power to powered devices over unshielded twisted pair cabling.

Decentralised I/O system

05 September, 2008 | Supplied by: Pilz Australia Industrial Automation LP

The PSSuniversal decentralised I/O system, for connection to Profinet and Profinet safe, can be individually adapted to suit the respective application. It is easy to manage during commissioning and engineering.

BlueScope’s bold instrumentation plan is a winner

25 August, 2008 | Supplied by: Endress+Hauser Australia Pty Ltd

BlueScope Steel set up its first Colorbond paintline facility in 1966 at Port Kembla and, over the years, demand for its roofing, guttering, fences, sheds and warehouses showed phenomenal growth. With demand for Colorbond steel products pushing capacity limits in 2003, the company decided to set up a plant at Erskine Park in Sydney, as the city’s western region had become the single biggest consumer of Colorbond products in Australia.

Profinet I/O modules

08 August, 2008 | Supplied by: Siemens Ltd

Siemens has added a new interface module with CPU functionality to the Simatic ET200S product family of distributed I/O devices. The IM151-8 PN/DP CPU handles control tasks and communications functions via Profinet. The module is also available in a fail-safe version IM151-8 PN/DP F-CPU.

Moxa ethernet switches

08 August, 2008 | Supplied by: Paqworks

Moxa has announced the EDS-200A series ethernet switches. This series includes both 5- and 8-port models that come with a rugged, IP30 protected, aluminium housing and redundant dual power inputs with 9.6 to 60 VDC or 18 to 30 VAC to give users greater flexibility for a variety of industrial applications.

Serial device servers

08 August, 2008 | Supplied by: Advantech Australia Pty Ltd

The EKI-1521 and EKI-1522 serial device servers allow RS232/422/485 serial devices to be remotely monitored, managed and controlled over ethernet and internet protocol (IP) networks. Equipped with dual 10/100Base-Tx ethernet ports, these devices ensure data transmission even in the event of a network link failure.

Profibus PA and Foundation Fieldbus — a cost comparison

28 July, 2008 by James Powell* | Supplied by: Siemens Ltd

There have been many comparisons between Foundation Fieldbus (FF) and Profibus for use on field instruments in the process industries. If you put the two protocols side by side you will see that either will do the job and provide the much published cost savings.

Hirschmann ethernet switches

08 July, 2008 | Supplied by: Daanet Pty Ltd

Hirschmann has released two managed industrial ethernet switches - a Fast (model RSR20) and a Gigabit Ethernet version (RSR30). Featuring a metal case and redundant power supplies (DC/DC or AC/DC mix), they are designed to provide extremely high EMI resistance.

Fieldbus junction bricks

08 July, 2008 | Supplied by: Turck Australia Pty Ltd

The JRBS junction bricks for Foundation Fieldbus provide quick and easy connection of multiple devices to the main fieldbus trunk. JRBS junction bricks are available with 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 ports and feature removable terminals for simple, efficient installation and wiring modification in tight spaces.

Peer-to-peer ethernet I/O modules

08 July, 2008 | Supplied by: Advantech Australia Pty Ltd

A firmware enhancement for the ADAM-6000 ethernet I/O modules adds advanced peer-to-peer (P2P) and graphic condition logic (GCL) functionality.

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