The new Anybus X-gateway CANopen from HMS Industrial
Networks helps system
integrators to connect existing CANopen networks with new Profinet
installations. The Anybus X-gateway mounts onto a standard DIN rail and is
powered by 24V industrial power supply. The gateway transfers data from the PLC
on the Profinet side to the CANopen devices, while also transferring data from
the devices on the CANopen side to the PLC on the Profinet side. The CANopen
master functionality can be configured with any CANopen configuration tool. Up
to 126 CANopen slaves can be connected to the gateway using a total of up to
128 receive PDOs and 128 transmit PDOs.
The X-gateway functions as an IO device on the Profinet
side and is available in two versions: single port Profinet (RT) and 2-port
Profinet (IRT). The IRT version complies with Profinet conformance class C
including IRT (Isochronous Real Time) functions. The IRT version includes an
integrated 2-port Profinet IRT switch which allows installations in line
topology without the need for expensive external switches.
Typical usage is in factories, where CANopen-based
machinery needs to be integrated into modern automation systems which are often
based on Profinet.
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