Advanced Engineering 2019
Åbymässan
Göteborg, Sweden
27 - 28/03/2019

Our Exhibitors

HMS Networks AB

HMS Networks AB

C:09

30250 Halmstad
Sweden
www.hms-networks.com

We connect industrial devices and networks

HMS develops and manufactures software and hardware for industrial communication. Our products connect automation devices such as robots, sensors, control systems and motors to different industrial networks and control systems.

We have been at the forefront of technology since the start in 1988 and take pride in being the innovators of our field.

With millions of delivered products, our technology is today a business-critical part of factories all over the world. This puts high demands on quality, compliance, and our ability to deliver.

HMS can offer a complete solution — from product development through manufacturing and support. This makes us a unique and market-leading industrial communication partner.

HMS markets products under the following brands:

Anybus® – Multi-network connectivity within fieldbus and industrial Ethernet

Ixxat® – Connectivity solutions for embedded control, energy, safety and automotive testing

Ewon® – Remote access and management of industrial equipment

Products

Product news

  • PROFINET migration made easy with new Anybus X-gateways from HMS

    HMS Industrial Networks now releases a series of new Anybus X-gateways enabling communication between several industrial networks and PROFINET IRT. The new X-gateways can connect PROFIBUS and CANopen to PROFINET IRT Fiber Optics, and ControlNet, EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet to PROFINET IRT with copper cabling. The X-gateways help plant owners and machine builders to migrate to PROFINET without making changes to their existing machinery.

    Many industrial companies are today implementing industrial Ethernet networks like PROFINET. However, there are often existing subsystems and machinery which are already networked and need to be included in the new networks. Anybus X-gateways from HMS offer an easy way to connect existing subsystems to PROFINET.

    What’s new?
    Anybus X-gateways have long been able to connect PROFINET to several fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks. HMS now extends the connectivity to cover PROFINET IRT (Isochronous Real Time) for both copper cabling and fiber optics. New networks for copper are ControlNet, EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet while new networks for fiber optics are PROFIBUS and CANopen.

    Making PROFINET migration possible
    “PROFINET IRT is used by many of the large European car manufacturers, most notably within the AIDA group, and is one of the fastest growing industrial Ethernet networks on the market,” says Niklas Selander, product Manager at HMS. “By using an Anybus X-gateway, plant owners can keep existing equipment and simply connect it to PROFINET IRT networks. This maximizes the investment in their current machinery and speeds up the migration to PROFINET. Machine builders also benefit since they do not have to develop this connectivity themselves but can just use an Anybus X-gateway to connect their machines to PROFINET IRT.”

    How it works
    The new Anybus X-gateways copy I/O-data between any industrial network and PROFINET IRT. Gateway settings regarding, for example, I/O sizes are configured in a Windows-based terminal interface which means no programming is necessary.

    The PROFINET interface of the X-gateway works as an I/O-Device on the PROFINET IRT network and supports up to 220 bytes of I/O for both input and output data. The gateway baud rate is 100Mbit/s (full duplex) and uses two RJ45 connectors (copper) or two SC-RJ connectors (Fiber Optic) allowing installations in line or ring topology. The integrated 2-port IRT switch is another very valuable asset, as it eliminates the need for expensive external switches.

    What is an X-gateway?
    Anybus X-gateways allow two different networks to talk to each other. In simple terms you could say that it is a real-time translator between any two networks. Gateways solve important industrial communication issues for system integrators and end users working with industrial network design and offer a quick and easy way to connect two otherwise incompatible networks.

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  • DEIF chooses the Netbiter solution from HMS for remote management

    DEIF power generators to be controlled remotely with HMS’ Netbiter solution.

    DEIF now launches a ready-made remote monitoring solution for power generators in the field. The solution is based upon HMS’s proven Netbiter remote management concept and will give users instant access to DEIF’s genset controllers through the cloud. The remote management solution is particularly well-suited for rental power generators (gensets) facilitating and improving service while cutting costs.

    How it works
    HMS’s Netbiter communication gateways connect to DEIF’s genset controllers. The gateways send data via the Internet or the mobile network (GSM/GPRS) to an online data center. Service engineers can access the data center through a regular web browser or smartphone to gain access to live data from the power generators – no IT expertise or programming is necessary. Alarms and notifications are sent whenever certain thresholds are reached.

    Ready-to-use templates for DEIF’s HMIs are available to ensure a good integration with the genset controllers. These templates are available for free as downloads at www.deif.com.

    The solution will provide service engineers with:
    • Alarm Management (email, SMS, RSS)
    • Operating reports (weekly/monthly etc.)
    • Historical data and report generation
    • Historical data logging and graphical trend graphs
    • Map overview and tracking
    • Theft protection with generator GPS tracking

    The solution does not require static IP or VPN and have no firewall issues.

    THE DEIF-HMS scope
    Thanks to the combination of DEIF’s competence within genset controllers and HMS Netbiter remote management expertise, customers will benefit from a dedicated and a cost-efficient remote management solution with controlling capabilities. DEIF distributors are given the opportunity to incorporate the remote management solution in their installations.

    DEIF
    Established in Denmark in 1933, today the DEIF Group is an award-winning global supplier of green, safe and reliable control solutions for decentralised power production, marine/offshore and wind turbines. 20% of DEIF’s more than 500 highly skilled employees work in R&D, consistently mapping new ways in power control technology to reduce fuel consumption and maintenance intervals, while cutting emissions. The DEIF Group has sales offices, competence centres and training facilities in ten key markets in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and distributors in an additional 35 countries and territories.

    HMS Industrial Networks
    HMS Industrial Networks is the leading independent supplier of products for industrial communication including remote management. HMS develops and manufactures solutions for connecting automation devices and systems to industrial networks under the Netbiter, Anybus and IXXAT brands.

    Development and manufacturing take place at the headquarters in Halmstad, Sweden and in Weingarten, Germany. Local sales and support are handled by branch offices in China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, UK, and USA. HMS employs over 350 people and reported sales of 58 million EUR in 2012. HMS is listed on the NASDAQ OMX in Stockholm.

  • HMS Industrial Networks acquires IXXAT Automation

    “Together IXXAT and HMS will become an industrial communication group with 350 employees and sales of more than 50 million Euro – a world market leader in our industry,” says Staffan Dahlström, CEO of HMS Industrial Networks AB.

    HMS Industrial Networks has acquired IXXAT Automation – a leading supplier of communication technology for industrial automation, machine manufacturing and the automotive industry. IXXAT was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Weingarten, Germany.

    “IXXAT’s hi-tech products and services are great supplements to HMS’s business,” says Staffan Dahlström, CEO at HMS Industrial Networks. “Their strong product offering and market position will strengthen our presence especially in Central Europe.”

    While IXXAT is known as a leading supplier of CAN-based as well as EtherCAT-, Powerlink and FlexRay- communication technology, HMS has a leading position in the Profibus/Profinet and DeviceNet/EtherNet/IP markets. Together, the two companies will have the most complete and competitive offer of communication technology for the automation markets.

    IXXAT
    IXXAT Automation has a turnover of 14 million Euro and employs 85 people of whom 50 are product development engineers. IXXAT offers software and hardware solutions for CAN, a number of industrial Ethernet standards and IEEE 1588, FlexRay, and LIN. They also offer customized hardware components within embedded subsystems as well as complete embedded system solutions for a broad range of world-wide markets like industrial, medical, power generation and automotive.

    With more than 25 years of experience, IXXAT is a well-known supplier of products and services within embedded systems and data communication for industrial automation and the automotive industry. The company also develops technology platforms within safety solutions, according to IEC 61508.

    IXXAT has subsidiaries in the U.S. and France and sells its products via distributors in 25 countries.

    “We see great opportunities to further widen the market for our product offering by getting access to HMS’s well-established global sales channels,” says Christian Schlegel, Managing Director IXXAT Automation. “HMS’s hi-tech product platforms will also be great assets for our ongoing development projects and for new technologies.”

    HMS Industrial Networks
    HMS Industrial Networks is the leading independent supplier of products for industrial communication including remote management. HMS develops and manufactures solutions for connecting automation devices and systems to industrial networks under the Anybus® and Netbiter brands®.

    Development and manufacturing take place at the headquarters in Halmstad, Sweden. Local sales and support are handled by branch offices in China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, UK, and USA. HMS employs over 260 people and reported sales of 42.5 million EUR in 2011. HMS is listed on the NASDAQ OMX in Stockholm.

    Acquisition logics
    IXXAT’s strong position on the important German market will widen the customer base of the HMS group and will allow cross-selling of the existing product lines. IXXAT holds a leading position in emerging functional Safety technology for automation including solutions for OpenSafety, CIP-Safety and Functional Safety over EtherCAT. In combination with HMS´s new Anybus Safety concept which is focused on PROFIsafe, the HMS group will have the most complete technology offer for functional Safety solutions.

    With 50 new development engineers, HMS’s overall development resources will be strengthened both when it comes to headcount and experience. The acquisition also gives HMS the opportunity to market their products towards new segments such as medical equipment and the automotive industry.

    HMS’s world-wide sales channels will give IXXAT access to a wider market. In addition, HMS’s experience within manufacturing and logistics will also provide opportunities for improved efficiency and profitability.

    “Together IXXAT and HMS will become an industrial communication group with 350 employees and sales of more than 50 million Euro – a world market leader in our industry”, concludes Dahlström.

    Picture text: From left: Staffan Dahlström, CEO at HMS, Konrad Etschberger, founder of IXXAT, Christian Schlegel, Managing Director at IXXAT.

  • New technology from HMS enables network connectivity for high-performance applications

    The Anybus® NP40™ is a new network processor from HMS Industrial Networks that handles communication between an industrial device and any industrial network. The new processor is the core of HMS’s Anybus CompactCom™ 40-series in chip, brick and module formats. It is designed for demanding applications, especially targeting real-time industrial Ethernet.

    Flexibility: One hardware platform, any network
    The NP40 comes with support for all major Industrial Ethernet and Fieldbus networks. This means that a single hardware platform can support several different networks by simply downloading new firmware. Consequently, there is no need to start a development project for each new network. The new technology makes life easier for device manufacturers since they can install a communication interface into a product and then simply download the firmware they need before sending their products off to the end customer.

    Performance: For demanding applications – Enabling motion and sync
    The NP40 enables very low latency, down to a few microseconds. It practically allows for ”zero delay” between the network and host API making it possible to support high-performance applications that require synchronization or motion profiles.

    “What we have seen over the past few years is that industrial Ethernet is now demanding more performance and a new architecture,” says Jörgen Palmhager, Chief Operating Officer at HMS. “The new industrial Ethernet networks are getting more and more specialized which requires a lot from a network processor that is to handle the ‘translation’ between different networks and protocols. In the NP40, HMS combines a powerful ARM Cortex M3 core with an FPGA fabric on the same chip, allowing both fast data transfer and real-time synchronization in hardware/FPGA. The NP40 technology gives users the best of both worlds. They get the speed and accuracy they need for demanding applications, and the flexibility to adapt to different networks by simply downloading a new firmware. The solution is based on MicroSemi SmartFusion technology but integrates HMS’s unique blocks like our RTA™ (Real Time Accelerator) for industrial communication.”

    Inside the NP40
    The Anybus NP40 is a single chip network processor that includes a high-performance ARM core and an FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) fabric. The ARM core runs the protocol and application stacks while the FPGA fabric is used to implement the various real-time Ethernet interfaces. A real-time-switch is integrated into the FPGA fabric and it supports synchronous cyclic messaging in real-time networks such as PROFINET IRT, Powerlink, EtherCAT and Sercos III. Since the network processor is flash-based, it can be re-programmed for several different industrial Ethernet networks.

    The NP40 is built on technology from Microsemi Inc. and the architecture is designed to combine performance, low power consumption and flexibility in a single chip design.

    Availability
    The NP40 is already powering the network connectivity for industrial devices in pilot installations. The network processor will be on display on various tradeshows such as SPS/IPC/Drives in Germany and the Rockwell Automation Fair in the US during the fall. The wider release of the network processor, as part of Anybus embedded solutions, will take place during 2013.

    The NP40, in combination with Anybus protocol and application software, make up the Anybus CompactCom C40 solution – a ready-made network connectivity solution on a single chip.

  • Anybus CompactCom expanded!

    High performance, real-time industrial Ethernet, and multiple form factors (Chips, Bricks and Modules) are key elements of HMS’s new, expanded Anybus CompactCom offering. The new generation provides device manufacturers with full solution flexibility.

    Anybus® CompactCom™ from HMS Industrial Networks is a range of embedded communication solutions that provide devices with connectivity to any industrial network. HMS now expands Anybus CompactCom to include a new technology generation. The new offering gives users the possibility to choose their level of integration to the host device and the desired performance level.

    Choose level of integration: Chip, Brick or Module
    The new Anybus CompactCom consists of ready-made communication interfaces for all major fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks in several form factors:

    • CompactCom Chip: A full network connectivity solution on a single chip for integration into the user’s PCB design.

    • CompactCom Brick: Ideal for users who have limited space or want to add their own choice of network connectors.

    • CompactCom Module: A complete and interchangeable communication module gives the fastest time to market.

    Regardless of form factor, users still have the unique interchangeability of Anybus. For example, it is possible to embed a CompactCom module into an automation device and later re-use the same software implementation for a CompactCom Brick or Chip solution. This means a minimum of development efforts for the user.

    Choose performance level: 30- or 40-series
    The Anybus CompactCom 30-series (based on the NP30 network processor) is already installed in more than two million devices around the world and is tailored for users needing a solution for general automation such as general purpose drives, weight scales, valves, barcode scanners, sensors, HMIs etc.

    HMS now introduces the new CompactCom 40-series based on the new NP40 network processor. This series caters mainly for high-performance industrial communication for demanding applications.

    What’s new in the CompactCom 40-series?
    The Anybus CompactCom 40-series supports all major industrial networks but is especially suitable for high-end industrial Ethernet and fieldbus applications. Since the CompactCom 40-series practically offers ”zero delay” between the device and the network, it is ideal for high-performance applications with fast network cycles and synchronization demands such as servo drive systems.

    Like all Anybus CompactCom solutions, the 40-series gives users access to all types of industrial networks — traditional fieldbuses as well as industrial Ethernet — through one single development project. The CompactCom 40-series extends the level of flexibility even further since it uses a reprogrammable CompactCom hardware to support several networks. For example, it is possible to install the CompactCom 40-series Ethernet hardware into an industrial device and simply download ready-made firmware to connect to the desired network (for example EtherNet/IP, PROFINET IRT or Modbus-TCP).

    “We believe that the new 40-series technology with a combination of a faster processor and an FPGA area will provide a future-proof platform,” says Jörgen Palmhager, Chief Operating Officer at HMS. “It gives users the best of both worlds. They get the speed and accuracy they need for demanding applications, and the flexibility to adapt to different networks by simply downloading a new firmware.”

    The new Anybus CompactCom 40-series will be previewed at events during the fall (for example the SPS/IPC/Drives 2012 show in Nuremberg, Germany) and released during 2013/2014.


    Picture text:The Anybus CompactCom in different form factors.

  • PROFINET migration made easy with new Anybus X-gateways from HMS

    HMS Industrial Networks now releases a series of new Anybus X-gateways enabling communication between several industrial networks and PROFINET IRT. The new X-gateways can connect PROFIBUS and CANopen to PROFINET IRT Fiber Optics, and ControlNet, EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet to PROFINET IRT with copper cabling. The X-gateways help plant owners and machine builders to migrate to PROFINET without making changes to their existing machinery.

    Many industrial companies are today implementing industrial Ethernet networks like PROFINET. However, there are often existing subsystems and machinery which are already networked and need to be included in the new networks. Anybus X-gateways from HMS offer an easy way to connect existing subsystems to PROFINET.

    What’s new?
    Anybus X-gateways have long been able to connect PROFINET to several fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks. HMS now extends the connectivity to cover PROFINET IRT (Isochronous Real Time) for both copper cabling and fiber optics. New networks for copper are ControlNet, EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet while new networks for fiber optics are PROFIBUS and CANopen.

    Making PROFINET migration possible
    “PROFINET IRT is used by many of the large European car manufacturers, most notably within the AIDA group, and is one of the fastest growing industrial Ethernet networks on the market,” says Niklas Selander, product Manager at HMS. “By using an Anybus X-gateway, plant owners can keep existing equipment and simply connect it to PROFINET IRT networks. This maximizes the investment in their current machinery and speeds up the migration to PROFINET. Machine builders also benefit since they do not have to develop this connectivity themselves but can just use an Anybus X-gateway to connect their machines to PROFINET IRT.”

    How it works
    The new Anybus X-gateways copy I/O-data between any industrial network and PROFINET IRT. Gateway settings regarding, for example, I/O sizes are configured in a Windows-based terminal interface which means no programming is necessary.

    The PROFINET interface of the X-gateway works as an I/O-Device on the PROFINET IRT network and supports up to 220 bytes of I/O for both input and output data. The gateway baud rate is 100Mbit/s (full duplex) and uses two RJ45 connectors (copper) or two SC-RJ connectors (Fiber Optic) allowing installations in line or ring topology. The integrated 2-port IRT switch is another very valuable asset, as it eliminates the need for expensive external switches.

    What is an X-gateway?
    Anybus X-gateways allow two different networks to talk to each other. In simple terms you could say that it is a real-time translator between any two networks. Gateways solve important industrial communication issues for system integrators and end users working with industrial network design and offer a quick and easy way to connect two otherwise incompatible networks.

    Picture text: The new Anybus X-gateways enable communication between PROFINET IRT and several industrial networks. In this image PROFIBUS.

  • HMS delivers the two-millionth Anybus module to Atlas Copco

    HMS Industrial Networks has delivered its two-millionth Anybus® module. The product was shipped to Atlas Copco Tools in Sweden who needed to connect one of their control systems to EtherNet/IP.

    In early 2012, the two-millionth Anybus module left HMS’s production facility in Halmstad, Sweden. The module in question was an Anybus CompactCom™ providing connectivity to EtherNet/IP. It is now embedded into an Atlas Copco Power Focus 4000 – a state-of-the-art control system for industrial nutrunners.

    “At HMS, we are very proud to have reached this significant milestone, and it is especially pleasing that our two-millionth module went to Atlas Copco – a progressive and leading industrial company which has been with us since the very beginning,” says Niclas Johansson, Global Sales Director at HMS. “This milestone confirms our position as the number one supplier of products for industrial communication, and we will continue to deliver Anybus products that provide customers with solid and reliable network connectivity.”

    Atlas Copco – Anybus user since the 1990s
    Atlas Copco was an early adopter of the Anybus concept and has been using the technology since the mid-1990s. Anybus provides Atlas Copco’s power tools with connectivity to all major industrial networks. Since the Anybus modules are interchangeable, it is possible to simply switch to another module to gain connectivity to another network. No hardware or software modifications are needed.

    KarlJohan Börjeson, Vice President, Marketing at Atlas Copco Motor Vehicles says: “In order to keep delivering state-of-the art products to our customers, we need to stay at the forefront of technology. By using Anybus, we can connect our products to any industrial network and make sure they are always up to date with the latest network technology. Anybus means that we can focus on our core competence instead of keeping up with all the industrial networks.”

    The Anybus story
    The first Anybus module was developed in 1994. Back then, it was a revolutionary technology advancement providing users with access to any of the rapidly evolving fieldbus networks. Today, 18 years later, Anybus modules are used by millions of industrial devices all over the world, keeping them up to date with the latest advancements in industrial connectivity. The communication modules are either embedded into the customers’ products, or act as stand-alone “translators” between industrial devices and networks.

    Picture text:KarlJohan Börjeson, Vice President, Marketing at Atlas Copco Tools receiving the recognition award for the 2,000,000th Anybus from HMS Global Sales Director Niclas Johansson.

  • HMS sets Netbiter free

    HMS offers customers free access to the Netbiter Argos remote management service, now available in nine languages.

    The cloud-based Netbiter® remote management solution allows users to monitor and control field equipment such as power generators, wind turbines, tanks and other field applications via an office computer, laptop or smartphone. HMS now offers the online data center, Netbiter Argos (www.netbiter.net), as a free service.
    By connecting a Netbiter communication gateway to the desired field equipment, it is possible to immediately log into Netbiter Argos, visualize all parameters of the field installation, and control it remotely.
    Furthermore, as of March 2012, Netbiter Argos is available in nine languages: German, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese. English and Swedish versions are previously available.
    Even easier to get up and running
    “We are very happy to offer our customers free access to Netbiter Argos,” says Henrik Arleving, Product Line Manager, Remote Management at HMS. “This is yet another step in making it easier for users to get up and running with remote management. The new offering will not only save users the subscription costs, but also get them connected faster. The free-of-charge cloud service and extended language support makes Netbiter unique on the market.”
    How Netbiter works:
    Netbiter is a complete package for remote management consisting of three main elements: The first is the physical layer: A Netbiter gateway attached to the remote equipment which sends and receives data.
    The second is the Netbiter Argos data center that collects and stores the data from the field equipment. This data center offers secure storage of information and enables users to get statistics and reports on the performance of their devices.
    The third is secure access to data via an office computer, laptop or smartphone where users see the status of their devices and can monitor and control equipment in a graphical dashboard.
    Visit www.netbiter.com to read more and try the Netbiter Argos web interface through a demo account.
    Picture text: The three elements of the Netbiter solution: connectivity gateways, secure hosting and web interface

  • How to connect robot cells to any industrial network

    SVIA in Sweden use Anybus X-gateways to connect their DeviceNet-based robot cells to any network that their customers are using.

    Seeing robots
    Svensk Industriautomation (SVIA) is a fast-growing automation company in Jönköping, Sweden, developing robot systems for customers in the Nordic countries, Germany, U.K., the Netherlands, and the U.S. The systems are put together to robot cells which are able to communicate with other systems in a factory for example. The core of the robot cell is SVIA’s own vision system called Pickvision, which detects exactly how a particular object is placed on a conveyor belt and thereby enables a robot to pick up the object. In simple terms, you could say that SVIA enables robots to see. This revolutionary technology has become very popular on the automation market and has enabled SVIA to double its turnover during the past few years.

    “Our strength lies in the simplicity,” says Anders Mandorsson, Designer and Project Manager at SVIA. “It is very easy to tell the robot what to pick from the carrier belt, and then you are ready to go.” By using the Pickvision software, users take a picture of the object which is to be picked from the belt. The software automatically detects the shape of the object and every time this shape shows up in the camera, the robot is able to determine how to pick it up.

    Connecting DeviceNet and PROFIBUS
    As most advanced automation systems, SVIA’s robot cells need to communicate with some kind of plant-wide industrial network and this type of communication is not always hassle-free. “A couple of years ago, we built a robot cell for a customer who promised me access to their PROFIBUS system, but after a while, it became clear that our system was only to be a separate node in their network. That’s when we found Anybus X-gateways from HMS. We tried installing one into our cabinet and it handled the conversion between our DeviceNet based system and the customer’s PROFIBUS system in a very elegant way,” says Anders Mandorsson.

    Since then, SVIA has used Anybus X-gateways in many of the robot cells they deliver to customers around the world. Once again, simplicity is key. “DeviceNet is the standard we use in most of our cabinets and instead of handling the conversion to other networks ourselves, we simply install an X-gateway from HMS. It is cheaper, but above all, it makes it easier for the customer since he gets a clear segregation between our system and his own factory network,” says Anders Mandorsson.

    How it works
    SVIA’s robot cells usually come with robots from ABB which operate on a DeviceNet based network. The robots can easily communicate with another DeviceNet network, but if they are to be connected to another network, for example a PROFIBUS network (with a PLC from Siemens) or an EtherCAT network (with a PLC from Beckhoff) a “translator” is needed. Anybus X-gateways handle the conversion between the two networks through built-in software which restructures the telegrams from one side and make them understandable on the other side. The configuration is made in a matter of minutes by using the Anybus Configuration Manager software which means that no programming is necessary.

    Flexibility
    SVIA’s robot cells are very flexible and can easily be adjusted to cater for different customer applications such as mounting, packaging, drilling and lathing. Through Anybus X-gateways, SVIA can also be very flexible when it comes to the network they can connect to. “To be honest, we don’t really think much about networking anymore,” says Anders Mandorsson. “When we create a robot system, we simply order the X-gateway which converts to the customer’s industrial network — we plug it in and it works.”
    Picture text:In Pickvision, the operator decides what to pick from the conveyor belt. A photo is taken of each item and the software identifies the shapes.

  • New gateway from HMS enables CAN-devices to connect to industrial networks

    The Anybus® Communicator CAN™ is a new protocol converter from HMS Industrial Networks. The gateway enables communication between any industrial device with a CAN interface and industrial networks such as Profibus, Profinet, DeviceNet, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT or CANopen.

    The Anybus Communicator CAN is designed to exchange data between a subnetwork, running CAN, and a higher level network (Fieldbus or Ethernet). This allows automation devices, even those with slower CAN communication, to be integrated into high-speed fieldbus/Ethernet networks without any restrictions to the upper network.

    Instant connectivity for many device types
    Today, there is a multitude of proprietary CAN protocols for different devices such as drives, sensors, actuators, human machine interfaces, barcode readers, RFID readers, weighscales etc. The Anybus Communicator enables communication between these devices and higher-level industrial networks such as Profibus, Profinet, DeviceNet, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT or CANopen.
    “We have worked a lot with the user experience on this Communicator module,” comments Martin Falkman, Product Line Manager, Gateways at HMS. “The configuration is easily done using the Anybus Configuration Manager which means that users can quickly build a communication protocol in a graphical interface without any programming at all. This is very valuable for system integrators wishing to quickly and easily connect CAN-enabled devices to higher-level networks.”
    Dual port Ethernet switch technology
    For most Ethernet versions of the Communicator CAN, HMS has included a dual-port switch which enables daisy chaining and eliminates the need for external switches.
    The gateway has a fast throughput delay of no more than 5 milliseconds and comes with a 3-year guarantee.

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  • Industrial communication goes wireless

    The new Anybus® Wireless Bridge from HMS is a solution for extending industrial Ethernet networks with wireless communication. The solution makes it possible to connect industrial devices running Profinet, EtherNet/IP and Modbus TCP, over a wireless connection.

    With the Anybus Wireless Bridge, HMS takes industrial Ethernet communication into the wireless age. Just as the name suggests, the product is a wireless bridge between two points in an industrial Ethernet network. It can also be used to connect devices to an existing wireless infrastructure.

    Solving problems for system integrators
    By connecting industrial devices and networks over a wireless link, the Anybus Wireless Bridge makes life easier for system integrators and network designers needing to create connections through hazardous areas, hard-to-reach locations, or moving installations where cables are not desirable. The Wireless Bridge is compatible with the major industrial Ethernet standards Profinet, EtherNet/IP and Modbus TCP, and provides users with a robust and maintenance-free wireless connection.

    “We see an emerging need on the market for industrial-quality wireless communication,” comments Henrik Arleving, Product Line Manager, Remote Management at HMS. “Wireless technology is nowadays very reliable and it is becoming more and more accepted on the industrial automation market. The Anybus Wireless Bridge provides a simple solution to complicated connectivity problems and is yet another step in our efforts to make industrial networking easier.”

    How it works
    Anybus Wireless Bridge allows industrial Ethernet based equipment to be connected via wireless technology and makes it possible to bridge protocols such as Profinet,
    EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP, etc. over a distance of up to 400 meters (open air range).

    Wireless transmission is made via Bluetooth or WLAN technology. While the WLAN solution provides higher bandwidth thanks to a wider frequency range of the transmitted wireless signals, the Bluetooth solution offers an even more reliable and noise immune wireless link since Bluetooth switches between different frequencies.

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