There are two new gateways to announce this month: a PROFIBUS to Modbus gateway from Moxa, and one for PROFINET to PROFIBUS PA from Softing. Also, Siemens announces an RFID system with IO-Link connectivity, and Acromag announces new I/O.
Modern automation control systems can significantly decrease the total cost of ownership by using intelligent field devices to further enhance savings. Since most of these devices implement Modbus RTU, a simple but cost-effective communications protocol, a common challenge is the integration of Modbus RTU devices with PLC control networks that use PROFIBUS. Moxa has announced a gateway to help.
SIMATIC RF200 is the new, compact RFID system to ISO 15693 within the SIMATIC RF product family from Siemens. The system consists of space-saving HF readers that are particularly suited for applications in intralogistics or in small assembly lines. They offers a seamless integration into the established PROFINET and PROFIBUS field buses via a corresponding IO-Link master module.
The pnGate PA from Softing supports widely accepted device configuration, parameterization, and condition monitoring tools like for example Siemens PDM, PROFINET Engineering Systems, and Device Type Manager (DTM) frame applications. This significantly facilitates the migration from PROFIBUS DP to PROFINET applications in the process industry.
Acromag‘s BusWorks XT Series discrete I/O Ethernet modules now interface signal devices on PROFINET and other networks. They are ideal for a variety of remote monitoring, distributed control, or SCADA applications. Front-facing terminals allow for more convenient wiring and support daisy-chaining for simple and cost-effective installation.