EtherNet/IP-to-PROFINET Gateway with PROFINET Controller Functionality

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Softing Industrial Automation announces the release of the new FG-260 Fieldbus Gateway supporting direct connectivity of PROFINET devices to EtherNet/IP controllers.

PROFINET machines with integrated PROFINET controller can be connected directly to EtherNet/IP controllers with the help of the FG-260 gateway and the I-Device functionality. According to Tobias Heilmaier, Product Manager Industrial Ethernet at SoftingSofting, the FG-260 is of particular interest to export-oriented machine manufacturers and system integrators. “The FG-260 has been designed with a focus on the requirements of manufacturers who export PROFINET machines with integrated PROFINET controller to EtherNet/IP-dominated markets such as the US. Using the FG-260 they can offer their customers an easy solution for direct data exchange in EtherNet/IP systems. For system integrators looking to implement their devices with PROFINET communication functions in EtherNet/IP systems, the FG-260 provides direct connectivity without the need for an additional PROFINET controller.”