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Jan 2016 Newsletter

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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
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PROFIBUS Master to PROFINET IO Device (AB7646)

IDX StarNET Gateway Update

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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…