January 2016 newsletter

21 January 2016

January 2016 Newsletter – Industrial Data Xchange

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

“Regular 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 services page.

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 and 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 as a PROFIBUS master, allowing you to add multiple PROFIBUS slaves on one side, and 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 the IDX sales team.

New Year Special – PROFIBUS B1 Segment Repeater

Was: R4 050.00ea Now: R3 550.00ea

  • Compact design
  • 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 2016. All prices are exclusive of VAT. Free delivery within South Africa for all orders above R6000.00. Whilst stocks last. Orders are to be in within the specified dates.

Happy New Year!

We wish you a prosperous and productive 2016 and look forward to partnering with your company to develop sustainable, reliable and value-added solutions for you and your clients.

Become a Certified PROFIBUS Engineer

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 bricklayer to fix your car. Having staff without any knowledge of the systems they are required to work on can be dangerous and costly, and employing staff who know only a little can be even more hazardous. Empowering your staff with the knowledge required to maintain your PROFIBUS network can reduce maintenance and downtime.

The PROFIBUS International Certified Engineers Course is a 4½ day, practical training course aimed at producing fully competent PROFIBUS personnel, with an in-depth understanding of the technology, and what goes into implementing and maintaining a well-structured and reliable PROFIBUS network.

Once trained, PROFIBUS Certified Engineers are equipped to troubleshoot any technical difficulties that might accompany a PROFIBUS installation.

Upcoming Courses in 2016:


  • 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!)

2016 Training Schedule

Please follow the below link for our 2016 training schedule!

Contact the Academy Now to book your place.

<a href="https://blog.idx.co.za/author/kyle/" target="_self">Kyle Roos</a>

Kyle Roos

Site Services Manager

Kyle specialises in industrial data communication protocols and systems. Operating in the space of design, development, integration, technical sales and support, advanced troubleshooting and training.

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