EtherNet/IP support added to all-in-one controller
17 March 2015
UniStream, the PLC + HMI all-in-one controller, now supports the ODVA’s EtherNet/IP Industrial Ethernet standard. Having successfully passed the ODVA conformance test, it has been certified as compliant with the standard and interoperable with other EtherNet/IP devices.
UniStream can function simultaneously as both EtherNet/IP I/O Scanner and Adapter, exchanging I/O data via its two Ethernet ports with other EtherNet/IP compliant devices. In addition, a single controller can contain multiple scanner and adapter definitions.
Combining UniStream and the EtherNet/IP protocol facilitates efficient I/O data exchange in real time, resulting in faster process control. Via EtherNet/IP, a UniStream controller is able to directly read the inputs and control the outputs of I/O blocks and compatible EtherNet/IP devices produced by other vendors, so it is now easier to integrate the UniStream in plant wide networks and motion control applications.
No special software add-on or gateway is required – just UniLogic, the all-in-one programming environment for UniStream, which is provided free of charge. A quick configuration task enables machine builders and automation control programmers to integrate EtherNet/IP communication into their projects. The user enters EtherNet/IP parameters and assembly instances into an intuitive EtherNet/IP grid--no Ladder programming is required.
The simplicity of UniLogic, together with the EtherNet/IP, is a winning combination for the new generation of engineers and automation control personnel that may be less familiar with traditional ladder programming and fieldbus technologies. UniLogic also offers embedded diagnostic tools, providing statistics about the EtherNet/IP communications that can aid in troubleshooting and optimizing the application.
Using EtherNet/IP for both data and information communications boosts potential Internet of Things (IoT) applications that involve the UniStream. By supporting a variety of I/O interfaces and other fieldbus protocols to connect with industrial devices, a UniStream controller can act as an EtherNet/IP gateway, allowing EtherNet/IP automation control systems to connect with other unconnected devices.
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