Multiprotocol Ethernet Distributed I/O Device

Aug. 23, 2012
Turck’s industrial Ethernet Multiprotocol technology allows users to employ one device for three protocols—EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP/IP and Profinet.

In any manufacturing facility, the reality is that devices from multiple suppliers will be integrated as part of the facility’s automation ecosystem. Since many of these devices, from controllers to sensors, are typically designed to function with a specific flavor of Ethernet protocol, the integration process becomes increasingly complex.

To help streamline the integration of multiple networks in a facility, Turck has released its industrial Ethernet Multiprotocol technology for distributed I/O. With this technology, three different protocols—EtherNet/IP, Modbus and Profinet—can be connected with one device.

Multiprotocol reportedly works with all Turck distributed I/O product families, including on-machine, in-cabinet, modular and block I/O applications.

“This technology was designed to assist our customers in supporting multiple protocols for their own customer base,” said Randy Durick, director, Network & Interface Division at Turck. “Rather than worrying about multiple part numbers or various feature sets across diverging product platforms, the Multiprotocol technology allows us to make industrial Ethernet easier for them.”

The company’s multiprotocol approach does not just apply to this new Multiprotocol distributed I/O device. Turck’s industrial Ethernet offering can be applied in any application that uses a host system with Modbus TCP/IP (client), EtherNet/IP (scanner) or Profinet (master). Upon network power-up, any Turck Ethernet device will recognize the network protocol available to the network.

Speaking of industrial Ethernet, Turck also offers helpful information about the cable and connector options available. Read more here.

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