Anybus extends its CompactCom range
The Anybus CompactCom range of embedded communication solutions from HMS Industrial Networks have provided automation devices with connectivity to any fieldbus or industrial Ethernet network for more than a decade. With the new Anybus CompactCom 40-series, HMS now introduces a new technology generation.
The 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 new 40-series is based on HMS's Anybus NP40 network processor and is suitable for high-end industrial applications that require fieldbus or real-time Ethernet connectivity. Offering close to zero delay between devices and real-time networks – it is ideal for highperformance applications such as servo drive systems, which require fast network cycles and synchronization capabilities.
The CompactCom 40-series will support all major industrial networks, and the first release in April 2014 includes connectivity to EtherCAT, Powerlink, EtherNet/IP, Profinet and Profibus.
Like all CompactCom solutions, the 40-series covers all types of industrial networks – traditional fieldbuses as well as industrial Ethernet. Device manufacturers that choose to use CompactCom get access to all networks through one 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.
The 40-series extends the level of flexibility even further since it uses a common reprogrammable hardware to support several Ethernet networks. For example, it is possible to install them on Ethernet hardware into an industrial device and simply download readymade firmware to connect to the desired network.
Anybus CompactCom comes in three different form factors offering different levels of hardware integration to automation devices.