By DE StaffMotion Control Machine Building
Second generation HMS Anybus Communicator features faster cycle times and built-in security.
HMS Networks announced its second-generation Anybus Communicator, a line of gateways starting with the Anybus Communicator for EtherNet/IP followed by versions for Modbus TCP, PROFINET and PROFIBUS. All 2nd generation Communicators are powered by the Anybus NP40 industrial network processor used in all HMS’ embedded solutions.
According to the company, data cycle times are up to 10 times faster than with the 1st generation Communicators. The new line also allows for up to 1,448 bytes to be transferred between a PLC and the gateway. All products in the line are equipped with a security chip and secure boot to ensure the firmware has not been tampered with. The series carries CE- and UL-marking industrial certifications, and support a temperature range of -25 to +70°C.