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.
Jan 2016 Newsletter
January Newsletter - Industrial Data
January 2016 IDX
aims to provide world class industrial connectivity solutions that solve
challenging integration problems in a growing and changing industrial
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
Principle (1996), p. 174
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PROFIBUS Master to
PROFINET IO Device (AB7646)
The Anybus AB7646
X-Gateway from HMS is tried, tested and respected within the industry. It
is easy to install, configure and it will give you years of pain-free data
communication, ensuring maximum reliability across your different
industrial data communication networks.
The AB7646 acts a
PROFIBUS master, allowing you to add multiple PROFIBUS slaves on the one
side, and on the other side it acts as a PROFINET IO device, thereby
allowing you to connect your PROFIBUS slaves to a PROFINET network.
To find out more
about this device, please contact IDX sales, alternatively follow this link
New Year Special
Was: R4 050.00ea
Now: R3 550.00ea
Redundant power supply for high availability
Unlimited cascading of the B1 repeaters
Extend your network length
Add more devices
Create branch lines
Isolate noisy segments
ProfiTrace inspection port
Special runs from 15 January 2016 to 15 February
All prices are exclusive of VAT
Free delivery within South Africa for all orders
Whilst stocks last
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Happy New Year!
We wish you a
prosperous and productive 2016,and look forward to partnering with your
company in order to develop sustainable, reliable and value-add solutions
for you and your clients.
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PROFIBUS is one of
the world market leaders in Fieldbus technology. Designed and produced by
the combined efforts of many of the field’s top development engineers,
PROFIBUS is renowned for its stability and reliability when properly
installed and maintained.
You would not allow a brick layer to fix your car. Having staff without any
knowledge of the systems they are required to work on can be both dangerous
and costly, and employing staff who know only a little can be even more
Empowering your staff with the knowledge required to maintain your PROFIBUS
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PROFIBUS International Certified Engineers Course is a 4½ day, practical
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an in-depth understanding of the technology, and what goes into
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Once trained, PROFIBUS Certified Engineers are equipped to troubleshoot any
technical difficulties that might accompany a PROFIBUS installation.
17 February 2016 -
Certified PROFIBUS Installer with Troubleshooting
19 February 2016 -
PROCENTEC COMbricks and ProfiTrace Training (free!)
22 February 2016 -
Certified PROFIBUS Installers with Engineers
11 March 2016 -
Netbiter Remote Monitoring Training (free!)
16 March 2016
- AS-I Concept and Implementation Course
17 March 2016
- MODBUS Concept and Implementation Course
18 March 2016
- Anybus Protocol Converter Training (free!)
Please follow the
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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…
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…