Partnership provides flexible communication solutions

28 October 2022

Siemens is collaborating with Hilscher to offer a wide range of communication protocols. By integrating the cifX PC card technology from Hilscher into Siemens’ SIMATIC IPCs, they can provide flexible access to all relevant fieldbus and real-time Ethernet systems.

The Simatic Box and Panel PC ¬– a series of rugged industrial PCs from Siemens with optional industrial-grade touch screen display – enables users to connect, innovate, and run applications and turn data into valuable insights.
PC cards in the M.2 format from Hilscher’s cifX PC card family can be integrated into Siemens’ SIMATIC IPC by a simple plug-and-play setup and activation. Hilscher's intelligent netX network controller then enables the integration of 19 different fieldbuses and real-time Ethernet protocols in the M.2 PC card.
Users benefit from unified device drivers, one configuration tool, as well as a consistent API across all protocols. With this scalable platform, they can easily and efficiently integrate all relevant automation protocols:
Switching to the required protocol can be carried out via Hilscher’s loadable firmware, which is included in the scope of delivery. Hilscher also offers protocol stacks for controller as well as device applications.
The variety of protocols ensures that the SIMATIC IPC can adapt to the communication requirements of different market segments and different regions around the world. In addition, users can rely on the fact that specific network requirements of different devices, machines and systems of the global automation market are reliably met.

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