HMS Industrial Networks is launching a new version of its popular Anybus X-gateways that are used in thousands of industrial applications all over the world to enable communication between two industrial networks (fieldbus or industrial Ethernet). These 'network translators' have been updated to meet the future of the automation industry.
According to the company, several new features have been added, but the new Anybus X-gateways remain fully backwards-compatible so existing users can easily upgrade to the new version. The X-gateway now comes with a new USB interface, enabling users to easily connect the gateway to a PC and configure the network communication via the Windows-based tool Anybus Configuration Manager; no programming is necessary.
The new upright housing requires less rack space and enables easier installation in the switching cabinet. However, the flexible design also enables the modules to be mounted on the side (flat) similar to the previous version of the X-gateway. In addition, the X-gateway now consumes even lower power.
As part of the new release, HMS is introducing connectivity to CC-Link IE Field in the X-gateway family. Furthermore, several of the industrial Ethernet versions now include integrated dual-port Ethernet interfaces with an integrated switch, thereby removing the need for external switches.
Markus Bladh, the Product Manager at HMS, comments: "This new version of the Anybus X-gateway will provide machine builders, system integrators, OEMs and end users with a modern communication gateway that is very easy to use when it comes to configuration and integration. The X-gateway product family is a proven and trusted solution already in place in thousands of industrial automation plants. For these existing users, HMS ensures backwards compatibility within their industrial automation systems - keeping the same high performance, reliability and low latency."
Anybus X-gateways help system integrators easily interconnect any two networks, enabling consistent information flow throughout the entire plant. In today's industrial installations, one common problem is that there is often more than one control system and industrial network in use. Most new factory upgrades need to integrate Fieldbus with Industrial Ethernet. Connecting these similar or dissimilar control systems and networks can be a challenge. With hundreds of individual Master/Slave and Slave/Slave versions, Anybus X-gateways enables users to connect almost any possible combination of industrial networks.
Follow the link for more information about the updated Anybus X-gateway from HMS Industrial Networks.