Industrial networks & buses

Redundant wireless AP/bridge

25 September, 2009 | Supplied by: CrispTech Pty Ltd

The Moxa AWK-5222 is a rugged, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g-compliant, 3-in-1 industrial wireless AP/bridge/client and is designed to offer a wide variety of wireless connection configurations and solutions to help create robust wireless connections for critical industrial applications.

Scalance ethernet switch

25 September, 2009 | Supplied by: Siemens Ltd

The Scalance X308-2M is an industrial-grade, compact gigabit ethernet switch featuring IT functions in addition to its industry functions. The modular, fanless design makes the unit flexible for use in many industrial applications. There are two slots for media modules allowing for various types of fibre-optic ports to be connected.

Deterministic ethernet switching

21 September, 2009 | Supplied by: HARTING Pty Ltd

Harting Technology has developed prototypes of what it calls Fast Track Switching. Fully compatible with standard ethernet, the Fast Track Switch guarantees deterministic data transmission at the field level. This makes it possible to meet high real-time requirements in automation without changing the standard ethernet.

Web-managed industrial ethernet switch

21 September, 2009 | Supplied by:

Ethernet Direct's Husky HWE-800 is a cost-effective, industrially hardened web-managed industrial ethernet switch, specifically designed to operate reliably in electrically harsh, hazardous and demanding environments.

IP67 ethernet switches

10 September, 2009 | Supplied by: ICP Electronics Australia Pty Ltd

The ORing IES-2050-M12 is a waterproof, light-managed redundant ring ethernet switch featuring five 10/100base-TX ports, and is IP67 rated. The IES-1050-M12 is an IP67 rated, unmanaged ethernet switch with five 10/100base-Tx ports.

Harsh environment ethernet switches

10 September, 2009 | Supplied by: Siemens Ltd

Siemens has expanded its Scalance X-300 series of managed industrial ethernet switches with a product line for use in energy automation.

Fieldbus Foundation releases updated H1 and HSE test kits

09 September, 2009

The Fieldbus Foundation has announced the release of its latest FOUNDATION fieldbus conformance and interoperability test kits for use by plant automation equipment suppliers.

Tools are the key to successful Profibus implementation

08 September, 2009 | Supplied by: Pentair Valves & Controls

When Coopers Brewery relocated from Leabrook to Regency Park in 2001, the company took the opportunity to expand its capacity by commissioning an entirely new brew house. International brew house designers Briggs of Burton proposed linking all measuring points with a Profibus communications system, based on its outstanding success in other brew houses worldwide.

Ethernet switch

21 August, 2009 | Supplied by: Daanet Pty Ltd

Hirschmann Industrial Ethernet has released a 10-port switch in the IP67-rated Octopus family of networking devices.

Determinism in industrial ethernet:
A technology overview — Part 2

18 August, 2009 by Glenn Johnson, Editor

In Part 1 of this article we looked generally at the types of innovations that have been used to make use of ethernet in process plants and factory automation. This month we look at some of the most well-known implementations.

Communication processors

30 July, 2009 | Supplied by: Siemens Ltd

Siemens has developed two communications processors for connecting PCs and S7-300 controllers to Profibus and industrial ethernet.

Modbus TCP to Profibus SE gateway

30 July, 2009 | Supplied by: ProSoft Technology Inc

ProSoft Technology has released the 5204SE-MNET-PDPMV1 Modbus TCP to Profibus SE gateway, designed with special features to better support and easily integrate with Schneider Electric Modicon M340 processors.

CC-Link connectors

30 July, 2009 | Supplied by: Soanar Limited

The 381 series Link hermaphroditic connectors and series 382 Link PCB connectors for fieldbus applications from 3M can be used in CC-Link/LT industrial automation field network applications.

Determinism in industrial ethernet:
A technology overview — Part 1

16 July, 2009 by Glenn Johnson, Editor

The benefits of using well-established ethernet and internet technologies in industrial plants are too great to ignore, but overcoming the requirement for real-time operation has led to some innovative approaches to how this ubiquitous technology can be used in process plants and factory automation.

Yokogawa systems named among the first Foundation fieldbus hosts

14 July, 2009 | Supplied by: Yokogawa Australia Pty Ltd

Yokogawa’s Stardom and Centum VP control systems are among the first to pass the Fieldbus Foundation’s recently developed Host Profile Registration Program.

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