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We’ve been receiving numerous requests for converting PROFIBUS PA to fibre optics lately.  I believe that really what the request is that there is an existing PROFIBUS DP master with DP (and possible existing PA) infrastructure and the requirement is to add some PA devices that are out in the field. PROCENTEC have a range of COMbricks modules that are able to meet almost ant type of network configuration. In this article we'll investigate some of the configuration options and which components should be used in each configuration. Your network layout might look something like the picture below: 

Being able to run fibre to these field areas has the following advantages:
Fibre can be run over longer distances, PROCENTEC offer up to 30km on single-mode fibre. Typically, 2km on multi-mode. Fibre can run through areas that are susceptible to EMC interference without being affectedThe inherent electrical isolation means that the complicated story of earthing on PA systems is simplified to …

IDX exhibiting in Nairobi at the 2016 East Africa Power Industry Convention (EAPIC)

      Come visit us at stand you would like to book some time for a meeting, or find out more information on this event. We look forward to seeing you there!

IEC61850 to Modbus TCP/IP, EtherNet/IP, M-bus, PROFINET or PROFIBUS

The SG-gateway family is a current leading Smart Grid application solution, acting as a remote terminal unit for the energy market.The SG-gateway enables the remote control and management of electrical equipment in power grids, controlling and monitoring assets, processes and installations in the field. Networking and interfacing between various fieldbuses and Industrial Ethernet protocols is where this gateway shines, allowing cross interfacing between: IEC61850 (Client/Server)IEC60870-5-104 (Client/Server)Modbus TCP (Client/Server)Modbus RTU (Master/Slave)Various Serial RS232, RS485 and RS232PROFIBUSPROFINETEtherNet/IPHere are some application examples:

Transmission can also be made available via Ethernet or 3G VPN connection into your server. The SG-Gateways sports an easy web based configuration tool using a standard browser, configuring with a simple drag and drop method.

Choose the right SG-gateway to suit your requirement, here are the options below:

With the flexibility and multi pr…

The New Certified PROFIBUS System Design Course comes to Johannesburg

NEW! Certified PROFIBUS System Design Course
25 to 28 July 2016PROFIBUS Installers are certified, the devices are certified, but what about the system design itself?

Join us on this 3½-day course covering the Certified PROFIBUS Installer and optimal design of PROFIBUS automation and control systems.
Run by Verwer Training and Consultancy Ltd and hosted by IDX

IDX, who operate the PROFIBUS Competence in South Africa, will be hosting the brand new PROFIBUS System Design Course presented by Andy Verwer from Verwer Training and Consultancy Ltd in the UK. It is your chance to be amongst the first in the world to earn this PROFIBUS International accredited certification during his short visit to South Africa.  Who is this Course for? 
This course is aimed at anyone who is dealing with the design, specification or procurement of modern automation and control systems at the engineering or technical level. The course is also suitable for device manufacturers, system integrat…

Visit IDX at AUW 2016

We are pleased to invite you to visit IDX showcasing in The African Utility Week Expo at the CTICC-Cape Town
Find out here how we can provide you with a remote monitoring and control solution for your energy requirements.

We will be showcasing:

Remote energy device monitoring and control solutions (Gen sets, Solar, Hydro and wind).DC MonitoringFuel Alarm and MonitoringRemote IO Monitoring and controlWireless LAN bridges for flexible industrial uses.The new SG Gateway range, allows MBus, IO's and multiple Ethernet based protocols to be converted among one another.The IDX academy and Certified training offerings.
FREE registration - CLICK HERE

Anybus Communicator Training at IDX. Convert serial and Modbus to PROFIBUS, PROFINET, Ethernet/IP, etc

Did you know that IDX in Johannesburg regularly runs free Anybus Communicator Training? Learn how to convert between common industrial communications protocols like Modbus, PROFINET, PROFIBUS, Ethernet/IP etc. Set-out practical exercises prepare you for real-world applications and you are encouraged to bring your own equipment so that you have an expert at hand to ensure success of your implementation.  Visit to check out the latest schedule.

Ingula Pumped storage scheme PROFIBUS Success story

Recently IDX (based on it's PROFIBUS know-how) had the privelege of visiting the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme to assist in the resolution of an issue preventing the completion of integration of vendor equipment from different suppliers at Unit 3.
So we were pleased to see the story (below) reported in ESI AFRICA on 11th March 2016 ( ) that Unit 3 had commenced operation and had successfully synchronised to the national electricity grid.
Well done Kyle and Jackson!
For any PROFIBUS/PROFINET/OTHER Realtime communication issues contact

KNX stand at Power and Electricity World Africa 2016-Building automation

KNX in partnership with Industrial Data Xchange, will be hosting a stand at the Power and Electricity World Africa 2016.

We will be exhibiting at stand N2

If you would like to find out more about the leading technology in building automation, we would like to have a chat with you!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Jan 2016 Newsletter

January Newsletter - Industrial Data Xchange

January 2016
IDX aims to provide world class industrial connectivity solutions that solve challenging integration problems in a growing and changing industrial market.

"Normal people believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features yet."  The Dilbert Principle (1996), p. 174
For more information on Network Audits, please see our support page

PROFIBUS Master to PROFINET IO Device (AB7646)

IDX StarNET Gateway Update

In November and December 2015 we were hard at work with a major update of the IDX StarNET Gateway. Firstly, we moved the entire gateway logic into our IDX 8 Data Exchange framework, which has a couple of benefits. The gateway is now part of the growing IDX 8-based software gateway family that is operationally proven yet has powerful configuration capabilities that the old text-file based configuration approach just won't match. IDX 8 also contains a number of existing connectors that we felt would be beneficial to have in the StarNET world, such as MODBUS RTU/TCP. We also added two new StarNET interface types to address the increasing number of requests for ESP communications. So the gateway can now also act as both an ESP Tributary and Controller in the standard J/K table exchange mode at all the standard ESP baud rates via one (or more) of the built-in RS-232/422/485 serial ports. A combination HDLC/ESP interface was commissioned and tested at US Steel’s East Chicago Tin mill i…