The Anybus Wireless Bolt is mounted onto a machine or cabinet (just like a bolt) to give it a robust and IP67-classed wireless interface. It is typically used for configuration purposes. For example, the Bolt makes it possible to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) such as a tablet or smartphone to a machine and use it as an HMI. Another typical use case is connecting a machine to a cloud service.
The Wireless Bolt can communicate wirelessly up to 100 meters via WLAN, Bluetooth or Bluetooth Low Energy. On the wired side, the Anybus Wireless Bolt can communicate with devices on serial (RS232/485), CAN or Ethernet. Regardless of communication method, it has the same connector (2x9p Plug Connector) for both power and communication.
“We have seen a steadily growing interest in wireless connectivity through our Anybus Wireless Bridge,” says Martin Falkman, Product Manager at HMS Industrial Networks. “Therefore, we wanted to offer machine builders a robust, industrial-grade wireless solution for on-machine mounting. The Anybus Wireless Bolt is yet another way that HMS enables customers to realize IIoT with solid and secure wireless solutions, getting them ready for the communication demands of the future.”