Control System Gateways
By DE StaffAutomation Machine Building
HMS Networks’ expanded Anybus Communicator gateway line enables faster communication between industrial networks.
HMS Networks has expanded its second-generation Anybus Communicator gateways to include thirteen versions for data connectivity between EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP, PROFIBUS, and PROFINET. Featuring the Anybus NP40 industrial network processor, the gateways enable instant data transfer – up to 10 times faster than their predecessors. In addition, users can transfer up to 1,500 bytes to and from connected PLCs. Verified against the CE and UL industry standards, the gateways feature an onboard physical security switch that prevents unauthorized configuration changes and secure boot functionality. They also feature forward-facing ports and DIN-rail mounting. Users can configure the gateways using drag-and-drop functionality in the web-based GUI, which is accessible via a dedicated Ethernet port on the gateways. Users can also monitor network traffic and diagnose issues via the GUI.