Schaumburg, IL - Focusing on sensors and actuators, Omron Electronic is commercializing the CompoNet Specification from the Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA), unveiling an open fieldbus at PackExpo. The master/slave network offers high-speed messaging and simple configuration, diagnostics and maintenance. It can be linked to networks that share the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) Network Library, such as Ethernet/IP, DeviceNet, ControlNet and CIP Safety.
CompoNet was designed for high-speed devices, updating 1024 I/O points in 1 ms, sending messages up to 1,500 meters. A PLC or other master controls the network, sending slaves I/O signals that transmit simple On/Off data. It also handles word slaves, transmitting 16-bit On/Off and analog information.
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