Simple connection of industrial PROFI-networks

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

HMS Industrial Networks has upgraded its Anybus X-gateways to offer heterogeneous connection of PROFI-equipment. This upgrade is claimed to allow simple and cost-effective connection of different physical formats such as copper and fibre optics or couple/de-couple I/O data between two controlling networks in the PROFINET and PROFIBUS worlds.

Many factories need to couple or de-couple I/O data between two controlling PROFINET IRT networks. The Anybus X-gateway is said to act as a PROFINET/PROFINET coupler enabling fast transfer of I/O data. The PROFINET interface works as an I/O-Device on the PROFINET I/O or IRT network.

Coupling or de-coupling of I/O data between two controlling PROFIBUS networks is another common task for the Anybus X-gateway, which galvanically and logically isolates the PROFIBUS networks from one another. It is also claimed to be possible to couple or de-couple I/O data between two controlling PROFINET I/O networks.

Additionally, the Anybus X-gateway can act as a coupler between PROFINET FO and fibre optics, enabling them to communicate. It is also said to act as a translator between the PROFIBUS and PROFINET networks and can be installed within minutes.

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