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.
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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…
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…
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announce the IDX ifm VSE Gateway, our custom cost-effective gateway solution
for the ifm VSE002/100 vibration monitoring diagnostic devices. The IDX ifm VSE Gateway is a DIN-rail mountable industrial
communication gateway that allows real-time vibration monitoring data from the
ifm VSE diagnostic device series to be made available via a variety of standard
industrial data protocols and/or interfaces. The Gateway has been specifically designed to work with the
ifm VSE002 and VSE100 monitoring devices, and each gateway connects to up to 10
VSE devices via Ethernet. The IDX Gateway exposes the VSE vibration monitoring
data via interfaces based on the RS-232/485 or Ethernet interfaces, such as
MODBUS TCP/RTU and OPC Data Access (DA). Alternatively, a custom protocol
interface can be cost-effectively developed if required. The gateway is configurable using the IDX software suite
using one of the Ethernet connections, allowing for the possibilities of exposing
diagnostic data …