Industrial Data Xchange (IDX) is a South African based IT industrial company with a global focus specialising in the provision of data communication solutions. On this blog, IDX experts comment on industrial communication protocols, trends, and tips as well as what is on the go in the labs at IDX.
The Automation Inside Portal (www.automationinside.com) is a leading global resource for the automation industry, connecting buyers and suppliers in the field. Their annual Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015 has selected the Anybus CompactCom 40-series as the winner of the Best Network Technology category.
About the awards
The Automation Inside Readers’ Choice Awards 2015 gathered 30 nominated solutions from 24 automation companies and after voting by Automation Inside’s readers in 35 countries, Anybus CompactCom 40-series was recognized as “Best Network Technology 2015.”
About Anybus CompactCom 40-series
The Anybus® CompactCom™ 40-series is the latest embedded networking solution from HMS Industrial Networks. It is available in three form factors – Chip, Brick and Module – and offers multi-network connectivity through a single development project, limiting the customers’ development efforts to an absolute minimum.
The new CompactCom 40-series is based on HMS’ Anybus NP40 network processor and is especially suitable for high-end industrial applications that require fieldbus or real-time industrial Ethernet connectivity. Offering close to ”zero delay” between devices and real-time networks, the 40-series is ideal for high-performance applications such as servo drive systems, which require fast network cycles and synchronization capabilities.
“We are of course very happy to receive this award,” says Christian Bergdahl, Product Marketing Manager at HMS. “We know that we have a strong offering in our 40-series products which has been recognized before, but what is especially rewarding about this award is that it comes from Automation Inside’s readers – people working with the everyday tasks in automation. We see this as further proof that we are on the right track with Anybus embedded network communication solutions and will continue to develop cutting-edge technology that solves our customer’s network connectivity needs.”
Last week IDX were called to site at a large commercial residence building in Pretoria, South Africa. Where our client was implementing an IoT solution for remote monitoring and control of various HVAC and power systems in the building. The control system the SI chose in this case was a Modbus enabled Industrial Micro PC called the Revolution PI. The client had Modbus sensors connected to boilers, air conditioning systems, ventilation systems and power meters. The Modbus communications between the controller and the sensors were intermittently failing due to various installation and implementation faults:
1. Earthing and Shielding Within any fieldbus communication installation, one of the requirements to ensure uninterrupted operation is to implement adequate grounding and shielding techniques. Effective grounding and Shielding help to prevent electrostatic and electromagnetic pickup, which can lead to failed communications.
Some of the shielding and grounding requirements for a Modbus RS4…
In this blog, I will discuss the steps involved in getting the Netbiter to record and display values coming out of the ComAp Generator Panel, so that one can do remote monitoring and control of the generator. The Netbiter Model used in this case is the EC220 and the panel used is the InteliLite AMF 26 P. The steps followed here can be applied to any MODBUS device due to the generic nature of the Netbiter.
Step 1 - Physical Connection Check that the Control Panel has a communication module attached to the back of it. You will need to establish the medium (RS458/RS232) and the protocol spoken (MODBUS RTU/ASCII) - all of this information will come from the user manual of the generator. Finally confirm the communication settings (baud rate, parity, stop bits, etc) - these can sometimes be changed so check what they are on the actual panel. In this case, we have the following settings: MOUBUS RTU over RS232 (you'll need an external converter to convert the RS232 to RS485). Baud rate: 9…
Time to dust off the cobwebs and do some "legacy" development! In this blog, I'm going to show you how to get to a point where you can start writing Java code on the HMS Anybus Communicator. I find that it doesn't matter what language you code in, the tricky bit is getting to the point where you can simply create and run the time-honoured "Hello World!" program. Using new editors, sorting out dependencies, making physical hardware connections can take up a big chunk of your time.
First, some information on the hardware platform: The Anybus brand from HMS contains hundreds of gateways (or protocol converters) that can be used to convert between common industrial communications protocols such as PROFIBUS, MODBUS, Ethernet/IP, ControlNet, DeviceNet, PROFINET, CANOpen, J1939, etc. Check out anybus.com for a full list of protocols supported out of the box. Using these gateways you can for instance read registers from a MODBUS device and make them available to a PR…