The new Anybus CompactCom 40-series enables multi-network connectivity also for demanding and high-performance industrial devices.
The Anybus CompactCom range of embedded communication solutions from HMS Industrial Networks have provided automation devices with connectivity to any fieldbus or industrial Ethernet network for more than a decade. With the new Anybus CompactCom 40-series, HMS now introduces a new technology generation.
Built on solid and proven experience
The existing Anybus CompactCom 30-series (based on the Anybus NP30 network processor) has been installed in millions of automation devices and systems around the world and is tailored for general purpose automation such as AC drives, weigh scales, valves, barcode scanners, sensors, HMIs etc.
The new CompactCom 40-series is based on HMS’ Anybus NP40 network processor and is especially suitable for high-end industrial applications that require fieldbus or real-time Ethernet connectivity. Offering close to ”zero delay” between devices and real-time networks, the 40-series is ideal for high-performance applications such as servo drive systems, which require fast network cycles and synchronization capabilities.
The CompactCom 40-series will support all major industrial networks, and the first release in April 2014 includes connectivity to EtherCAT, POWERLINK, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET and PROFIBUS.
The same hardware for all Ethernet networks
Like all CompactCom solutions, the 40-series covers all types of industrial networks — traditional fieldbuses as well as industrial Ethernet. Device manufacturers that choose to use CompactCom get access to all networks through one single development project, during which the user simply integrates the generic Anybus interface (hardware/software). After this, any CompactCom 40-series product can be connected, offering instant connectivity to industrial networks.
The CompactCom 40-series extends the level of flexibility even further since it uses a common reprogrammable hardware to support several Ethernet 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 POWERLINK, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET IRT or EtherCAT).
Three form factors – Chip, Brick and Module
Anybus CompactCom comes in three different form factors offering different levels of hardware integration to automation devices:
- 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: Complete and interchangeable communication modules that offer the fastest time to market.
“With the Anybus CompactCom 40-series, we can offer a complete communication solution suitable for both general automation devices and high-performance applications, says Leif Malmberg, Product Line Manager, Embedded, at HMS. “Users get the performance and accuracy they need for demanding applications, and the flexibility to adapt to different networks by simply downloading a new firmware.”
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