Turck's BL67 EtherNet/IP programmable gateways perform local
or distributed control functions and are now equipped with the technology to
control a DeviceNet sub-networks. These devices provide all of the
functionality associated with the IP67 rated BL67 system, including managing
the local I/O, while also being able to be the master on the DeviceNet network
and making the data available to the Ethernet network. These system allow users
to bridge the gap between a control layer and a data layer while also expanding
the I/O directly on the Ethernet network. The TURCK modules work as gateways between EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet. A
complete DeviceNet network with up to 63 standard nodes can be connected to the
EtherNet/IP network. This provides users that have invested in a DeviceNet
infrastructure but would like to migrate to Ethernet with a new option.
I/O-ASSISTANT project planning software on FDT/DTM is available for configuration,
parameterization, set-up support, diagnostics, documentation, etc.; the entire
DeviceNet configuration is setup with just the touch of a button. This product
allows users of new or existing device level networks to bridge the gap with
Ethernet. The modular I/O solution of BL67 provides the ability to mix and
match the specific I/O needs at the EIP level, while providing an integrated
DeviceNet Master to manage the network below. In addition, the BL67 PG is
programmable and can perform local control that provides users with a local or
network control system. This product makes migration from a DeviceNet network a
cost effective option as well as providing the best of both worlds for a new
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.