HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog
Plug-In Modules Simplify Fieldbus Choices
8/15/2012

Return to Article

View Comments: Oldest First|Newest First|Threaded View
ttemple
User Rank
Platinum
PCI Version
ttemple   8/15/2012 10:18:07 AM
NO RATINGS
I am currently using the PCI slot mounted version Hilscher cifX card.  They have versions that will handle a number of the industrial Ethernet flavors (Ehternet/IP, EhterCat, Sercos, etc.), and ones that will handle Profibus, Canbus, DeviceNet, etc.

Switching to a different network involves switching out the PCI card with the appropriate version for the desired protocol.  The software basically doesn't change.

I haven't used the plug in style, because our products don't currently have a form factor where it would be usable.  My experience with the cifX PCI slot version has been generally positive.  I have used the Ethernet/IP version, and the Profibus versions, both connecting to Allen Bradley PLC's.

Jon Titus
User Rank
Blogger
Re: PCI Version
Jon Titus   8/15/2012 11:00:42 AM
NO RATINGS
ttemple, thanks for your comments.  We always appreciate comments from people who have used a product we write about. --Jon

mrdon
User Rank
Gold
Re: PCI Version
mrdon   8/15/2012 4:48:52 PM
NO RATINGS
A plug in module such as this would definitely help equipment machine designers because of the interoperability with various fieldbus products and protocol standards available. The Hirshler plug in module will allow the equipment machine designer to focus on the functional requirements of the machine instead of the networking infrastructure which requires significant design/implementation time .

Jon Titus
User Rank
Blogger
Re: PCI Version
Jon Titus   8/15/2012 5:22:34 PM
NO RATINGS
Hi, mrdon.  Exactly.  The modular approach also simplifies the equipment design because engineers would not wonder if their communication interface worked properly.  One less "unknown" to wrestle with when bring up a prototype or testing equipment in the field. --Jon

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: PCI Version
Charles Murray   8/15/2012 6:49:01 PM
NO RATINGS
For years, I've been hearing suppliers talk about the possibility of having the engineer focus on the machine requirements, instead of the networking protocol. In the end, though, those suppliers were usually pushing one proprietary protocol. Seems like this plug-in module finally makes it possible to turn the vision to reality. Nice to see the optimism in your comment, mrdon.

mrdon
User Rank
Gold
Re: PCI Version
mrdon   8/15/2012 7:13:03 PM
NO RATINGS
Hi Jon,

Thanks. The concept of plug in modules is to remove the complexities of building discrete circuit interfaces which always provides a challenge to the overall system integration phase of product design. The modular approach to equipment machine design just seems to make logical sense in the grand scheme of New Product Development. Nice article!

mrdon
User Rank
Gold
Re: PCI Version
mrdon   8/15/2012 7:27:29 PM
NO RATINGS
Hi  Charles,

Thanks for the kind words. Having worked in the Automotive Industry, modular design was the mantra for all design engineers. The vehicle communication bus protocol back in the early nighties of Chrysler Vehicles were proprietary based and made it difficult for service mechanics to run diagnostics because of non -interoperability. Even with the PLC based automation controls in the assembly plants, networking different vendor's machines was quite a challenge because of different protocol standards and specs. The NetJack would have made our lives (the Electrical Plant Engineers) easy because of the modular approach to networking and protocol management. 

 

mrdon
User Rank
Gold
Re: PCI Version
mrdon   8/15/2012 7:27:51 PM
NO RATINGS
Hi  Charles,

Thanks for the kind words. Having worked in the Automotive Industry, modular design was the mantra for all design engineers. The vehicle communication bus protocol back in the early nighties of Chrysler Vehicles were proprietary based and made it difficult for service mechanics to run diagnostics because of non -interoperability. Even with the PLC based automation controls in the assembly plants, networking different vendor's machines was quite a challenge because of different protocol standards and specs. The NetJack would have made our lives (the Electrical Plant Engineers) easy because of the modular approach to networking and protocol management. 

 

ttemple
User Rank
Platinum
Re: PCI Version
ttemple   8/16/2012 8:24:53 AM
NO RATINGS
For what it's worth, these guys have the same type of offering:

www.anybus.com

They have similar product offerings to Hilscher.

Partner Zone
More Blogs
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
Automation technology advances matched with expanded fracking and the growing urbanization of Asia, South America, and the Middle East, are fueling a boom in the automation industry.
Design News Webinar Series
10/7/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
9/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
9/10/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Oct 20 - 24, How to Design & Build an Embedded Web Server: An Embedded TCP/IP Tutorial
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: 10/28-10/30 11:00 AM
Sponsored by Stratasys
Next Class: 10/28-10/30 2:00 PM
Sponsored by Gates Corporation
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service