Making PROFINET migration easy

31 July 2012

HMS Industrial Networks has released a series of new Anybus X-gateways enabling communication between several industrial networks and PROFINET IRT. The X-gateways can connect PROFIBUS and CANopen to PROFINET IRT Fiber Optics, and ControlNet, EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet to PROFINET IRT with copper cabling.

Many industrial applications are now using industrial Ethernet networks such as PROFINET.
However, there will often be legacy subsystems and machinery which are already networked and need to be included in the new networks. Anybus X-gateways from HMS are said to offer an easy solutions to connecting existing subsystems to PROFINET.

Anybus X-gateways are already able to connect PROFINET to several fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks and this connectivity has now been extended to cover PROFINET IRT (Isochronous Real Time) for both copper cabling and fiber optics. New networks for copper are ControlNet, EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet while new networks for fiber optics are PROFIBUS and CANopen.

“PROFINET IRT is used by many of the large European car manufacturers, most notably within the AIDA group, and is one of the fastest growing industrial Ethernet networks on the market,” saidNiklas Selander, product manager at HMS. “By using an Anybus X-gateway, plant owners can keep existing equipment and connect it to PROFINET IRT networks. This maximises the investment in their current machinery and speeds up migration to PROFINET. Machine builders also benefit since they do not have to develop this connectivity themselves but can just use an Anybus X-gateway to connect their machines to PROFINET IRT.”

The Anybus X-gateways copy I/O-data between any industrial network and PROFINET IRT. Gateway settings regarding, for example, I/O sizes are configured in a Windows-based terminal interface which means no programming is necessary.

The PROFINET interface of the X-gateway works as an I/O-Device on the PROFINET IRT network and supports up to 220 bytes of I/O for both input and output data. The gateway baud rate is 100Mbit/s (full duplex) and uses two RJ45 connectors (copper) or two SC-RJ connectors (Fiber Optic) allowing installations in line or ring topology.

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