Embedded modules enable multi-network industrial connectivity

HMS Industrial Networks has released its Anybus CompactCom 40-series modules.

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New from HMS Industrial Networks (Sweden), the Anybus CompactCom 40-series embedded modules enable multi-network connectivity for high-performance industrial automation devices in demanding environments. The CompactCom 40-series supports all major industrial networks, contends HMS; the modules' first release in April 2014 includes connectivity to EtherCAT, PowerLink, Ethermet/IP, Profinet and Profibus protocols.

The Anybus CompactCom 40-series is based on HMS's Anybus NP40 network processor, and is especially geared toward high-end industrial applications that require fieldbus or real-time Ethernet connectivity. Offering close to zero delay between devices and real-time networks, the 40-series is intended for high-performance applications such as servo drive systems, which require fast network cycles and synchronization capabilities.

According to HMS, the 40-series modules allow users to employ the same hardware for all Ethernet networks, from traditional fieldbuses to industrial applications. Device manufacturers who integrate the Anybus CompactCom platform receive access to all networks through a single development project, during which the user simply integrates the generic Anybus interface (hardware/software). After this, any CompactCom 40-series product can be connected, offering instant connectivity to industrial networks.

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The Anybus CompactCom devices come in three different form factors, offering different levels of hardware integration to automation devices. The CompactCom chip is a full network connectivity solution on a single chip for integration into the user´s PCB design. The CompactCom brick is ideal for users who have limited space or want to add their own choice of network connectors. The CompactCom module form factor comprises complete and interchangeable communication modules that offer faster time-to-market.

HMS notes that the previous Anybus CompactCom 30-series (based on the Anybus NP30 network processor) has been installed in millions of automation devices and systems around the world and is tailored for general purpose automation such as AC drives, weigh scales, valves, barcode scanners, sensors, HMIs etc. The CompactCom 40-series extends the product line's flexibility even further, since it uses a common reprogrammable hardware to support several Ethernet networks. For example, it is possible to install the CompactCom 40-series Ethernet hardware into an industrial device and simply download ready-made firmware to connect to the desired network (i.e via PowerLink, Ethernet/IP, Profinet IRT or EtherCAT).

"With the Anybus CompactCom 40-series, we can offer a complete communication solution suitable for both general automation devices and high-performance applications," comments Leif Malmberg, product line manager, embedded technology, at HMS. "Users get the performance and accuracy they need for demanding applications, and the flexibility to adapt to different networks by simply downloading a new firmware."

Learn more at www.anybus.com.

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