COM adds fast connection to industrial devices

13th March 2015
Posted By : Barney Scott
COM adds fast connection to industrial devices

The Anybus CompactCom 40-series provides industrial devices with multi-network connectivity with a specific focus on industrial Ethernet. Suitable for high-end industrial applications with high performance demands, the units are available in chip, brick and module formats. The 40-series solution for PROFINET enables fast communication between the host device and PROFINET, and supports PROFINET RT Class 1 and 3.

It comes with an integrated PROFINET IRT Ethernet switch and supports PROFINET functions such as MRP (Media Redundancy Protocol), Clock-Synchronous Operation, Fast Start Up and PROFIenergy. CompactCom is also equipped with a black channel interface enabling PROFIsafe communication. When used in combination with the IXXAT Safe T100 safety module, HMS can therefore offer a complete communication solution for functional safety.

Aside from supporting advanced PROFINET functionality, the CompactCom 40-series also provides users with powerful IT functions running simultaneously with the PROFINET real-time functions. IT functionality includes, for example, a socket interface giving the possibility to send a complete Ethernet frame (up to 1500b), built-in web pages, file system, and firmware upgrade via FTP etc. The 40-series also comes with security functions such as mandatory software signatures to prevent unauthorised software from being downloaded to the product, and encryption is used to prevent illicit copying.

CompactCom PROFINET is available in versions for regular copper cabling as well as for fibre optics.

“The fact that the CompactCom 40-series now is conform to the latest PROFINET standards shows that we continue to be at the forefront when it comes to PROFINET connectivity,” commented Leif Malmberg, Product Line Manager, Embedded Products, HMS. “PROFINET is an advanced network which puts very high demands on industrial devices, so it is a good proof-of-concept that the CompactCom 40-series lives up to PI’s latest demands.”

By implementing the CompactCom 40-series, users get connectivity to EtherCAT, POWERLINK, EtherNet/IP, Modbus-TCP, CC-Link, PROFINET and PROFIBUS. Since the release in 2014, the 40-series technology has been evaluated and certified by the network organisations. This means that device manufacturers who implement Anybus CompactCom 40-series will have a pre-certified network interface, speeding up the certification process for their products.

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