As part of its global focus on factory automation, Parker-Hannifin added an expanded range of network connectivity options to its valve platforms with the addition of an easy to configure, cost-effective Ethernet node. The company displayed its new capabilities during PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2019 along with an IIoT demo incorporating Parker drives, pneumatics, and a central controller that gathered data in real time. Designed with Industrial Ethernet connectivity in mind, the P2M Industrial Ethernet network node allows for an inexpensive means of connecting the H Series valve, the Moduflex valve, and the H Micro valve families to the Industrial Ethernet network, according to Parker.
In addition, the P2M network node is safe power capable, meaning auxiliary valve power can be supplied by a safety device in support of the European Machinery Directive. The P2M Industrial Ethernet Node is offered with (2) M12 ports for network in/out and (1) M12 connection for power.
The P2M Industrial Ethernet node expands the Parker valves network capabilities with integrated diagnostics. The P2M Industrial Ethernet node complements Parker’s continues to focus on reducing complexity and cost at the machine while supporting the simple diagnostics required for achieving the spirit of the Smart Factory & Industry 4.0.
A full range of connectivity options are now available including EtherNet/IP, ProfiNET IO, EtherCAT, Ethernet PowerLink and Modbus/TCP network protocols.