New products this month include interconnectivity devices for PROFIBUS and PROFINET from HMS, CNCs from Siemens and industrial displays from Binar with PROFINET (pictured), and gateways to EnDat from Leine & Linde and to CANopen from Helmholz.
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Automation engineers frequently need to bridge the gap between different protocols and networks used in a plant, but they also need to enable communication between equipment within the same network family. For example, in the PROFINET and PROFIBUS-world, there are many devices and sub-systems that cannot necessarily communicate with each other. With their recently upgraded Anybus X-gateways, HMS Industrial Networks can offer ways to get heterogeneous PROFI-equipment connected.
Leine & Linde Gateway products allow the motion system designers to include virtually any encoder with an EnDat interface into their application. Now adding a PROFINET Gateway to the mix, Leine & Linde makes this addition simpler than ever, and will also support the PROFIBUS interface as well. Furthermore, the use of a Gateway allows for exchanging encoders without interrupting bus communication to other nodes in the network, thereby reducing downtime when disaster strikes.
A new flexible, robust and bright display from Binar in Trollhättan has recently been approved by the PI. The display – BiDisp3 – has only been on the market for about a year but has already become a standard component for the visualization of production information at Volvo Car Corporation plants in Sweden and Belgium.
With the new PROFINET/CANopen gateway from Systeme Helmholz GmbH, it is simple and straightforward to connect CANopen devices to PROFINET. At the same time, the PN/CAN gateway is a full-fledged CANopen master. As such it supports gateway network management, SYNC telegrams, and node guarding / heartbeat for monitoring the participants. On the PROFINET network, the PN/CAN gateway is a PROFINET IO device that supports transfer rates up to 100 Mbps full duplex, and on the CAN bus up to 1 Mbps is supported.
In the course of introducing version 4.7 of the Sinumerik Operate software, Siemens is presenting new, more powerful CPUs, and 15 and 19 inch “Blackline” panels in widescreen format for the Sinumerik 840D sl CNC. The new 7×0.3B PN processors are PROFINET-compatible NCUs (Numerical Control Units).