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New gateway enables CAN devices to connect to industrial networks

26 July 2011

The Anybus Communicator CAN is a new protocol converter from HMS Industrial Networks. The gateway enables communication between any industrial device with a CAN interface and industrial networks such as Profibus, Profinet, DeviceNet, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT or CANopen

The gateway is designed to exchange data between a sub network, running CAN, and a higher level network (fieldbus or Ethernet). This allows automation devices, even with slower CAN communication, to be integrated into high-speed fieldbus/Ethernet networks without any restrictions to the upper network.

Commenting on the device, Martin Falkman, product line manager, Gateways at HMS, said: “Configuration is easily done using the Anybus Configuration Manager which means that users can quickly build a communication protocol in a graphical interface without any programming at all. This is very valuable for system integrators wishing to quickly and easily connect CAN-enabled devices to higher-level networks.”

For most Ethernet versions of the Communicator CAN, HMS has included a dual-port switch which enables daisy chaining and eliminates the need for external switches. The gateway has a fast throughput delay of no more than 5 milliseconds.

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