IDX HDLC Gateway being tested at BlueScope Steel
After successful commissioning on the AP2 line at Columbus Stainless in South Africa, the opportunity to address a similar requirement at BlueScope Steel - Port Kembla in Wollongong (Australia) resulted in a purchase order to do site tests being raised.
Last week, the Gateway was successfully installed for extensive testing by the plant as a critical component of a project to upgrade the drives on their Hot Skinpass Mill.
The project commissioning is scheduled for December 2013 and is being handled by TMEIC.
- The Gateway is a rugged, embedded device with no moving mechanical components.
- Flexible interface options, which out the box include PROFIBUS DP master/slave, MODBUS RTU and TCP master/slave. Other custom interfaces are possible, as long as there is a software API and a USB, PCI or PCIe hardware interface available.
- The Gateway is able to impersonate multiple HDLC slave devices, which means you only need one gateway to replace multiple legacy devices.
- The device supports data scaling and value offsets for signed and unsigned 16- and 32-bit integers and well as 32/64 bit floating point values.