EtherCAT Gateway Family


HMS Industrial Networks announces a major enhancement to the X-gateway family, releasing 19 new EtherCAT gateways. The new X-gateways are handy links that allow EtherCAT connected devices to communicate with other fieldbus or industrial Ethernet networks and vice versa. The new EtherCAT gateway series includes versions for all popular fieldbusses such as Profibus, DeviceNet, CANopen, Modbus, Interbus, CC-Link, ControlNet, AS-Interface and the industrial Ethernet protocols Profinet, EtherNet/IP and Modbus-TCP. Typical applications are installations with mixed usage of Beckhoff and Siemens, Rockwell or Schneider PLCs, such as, automobile manufacturing plants where fieldbus based segments are integrated into new sections based on EtherCAT.

The X-gateways are compact devices for standard DIN rail mounting and 24 Volt industrial power supply. They are based on the proven Anybus communication modules. Embedded into a small metal housing, the modules form an intelligent link between two industrial networks. On the EtherCAT side, they always function as a slave. On the secondary network side, they can work as master, slave or server depending on the selected network combination. The EtherCAT implementation is based on Beckhoff´s EtherCAT technology combined with HMS’ NP30 network processor and contains all protocol functions including the CANopen based application layer for process data (PDO) and parameter data (SDO) communication functions. The X-gateway is CE-marked and certified for UL, ATEX and Class 1/Div 2 hazardous locations.

After start-up, the gateways are immediately ready for data exchange between the two selected networks. Configuration is done within a few minutes and no programming or specific PC hard- or software is required. The gateways transmit I/O data completely transparent between the two networks. The amount of data is configured within a simple configuration dialogue during setup of the gateway. The gateways can easily be integrated into industrial automation systems and will ensure a seamless information flow between different networks. The Anybus X-gateways combine high reliability and flexibility which makes them an indispensible connectivity tool for system integrators and plant operators.  

With the new EtherCAT versions, the Anybus X-gateway family consists of more than 180 individual gateways providing internetwork communications between almost any fieldbus or industrial Ethernet network. All versions work the same way and provide a flexible standard solution to connect two industrial networks.

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