MOTION CONTROL: Danfoss Drives introduced the VLT® PROFINET MCA120 Option Card, expanding the Ethernet communication capabilities of the VLT® AutomationDriveVLT® AutomationDrive to PROFINET-based networks. This option card handles a single connection with an Actual Packet Interval down to 1ms in both directions, positioning it among the fastest performing PROFINET devices in the market. Additionally, the MCA120 features a built-in web server for remote diagnostics and visual confirmation of basic drive parameters, as well as an email notification that can send an email message to one or more recipients should certain warnings or alarms occur, and/or when those warning or alarms are cleared.
Supported application protocols include PROFINET for control and parameter setting, HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) for diagnosis via the built-in web server, and SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) for email notification. The PROFINET Option Card also supports DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) for automatic IP address configuration, FTP (File Transfer Protocol) for file up- and download, TSC (Transparent Socket Channel) for easy access to drive configuration data from Danfoss’ MCT 10, and DCP (Discovery and Configuration Protocol) for making topology and neighborhood recognition, and IP-address assertion, possible from a PLC.
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