Gateway simplifies communication between PROFINET and BACnet

20 July 2020

HMS Networks has introduced the Intesis protocol translator for communication between PROFINET PLCs on factory floors and Building Management Systems with BACnet IP/MSTP.

The solution enables full data integration, monitoring, and control between factory floors and building facilities. In many factories, it is essential that environmental dimensions such as temperature, humidity, and air quality are controlled and monitored automatically to ensure optimal conditions for manufacturing and working staff. By ensuring efficient control of facilities such as HVAC and lighting systems, factory owners can save energy and manage emergency situations in a safe way.

However, when system integrators plan for factory-to-building integration, they normally face a heterogeneous and challenging communication situation. BACnet is typically the protocol used in the Building Management System (BMS) to control the facilities inside the building, and PROFINET is one of the most used factory networks for controlling production processes.

The Intesis PROFINET – BACnet IP/MSTP protocol translator is a gateway solution that offers bi-directional communication between PROFINET PLCs and BACnet controllers. Able to connect up to 1,200 data points, the gateway is BACnet IP/MSTP server/slave on one side and PROFINET I/O device on the other, featuring independent Ethernet ports. The gateway has been BTL certified for BACnet and carries the UL mark in order to guarantee the highest communication and quality standards.

Its strategic placement between the factory and building systems, allows the gateway to be an enabler of applications such as energy metering of devices and machines in the factory from the BACnet-based BMS system, HVAC monitoring, and control from the PROFINET PLC, as well as easy alarm definition and management.


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