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HART Modules feature 2 inputs and 2 outputs.

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March 6, 2014 - Part of X20 Series, HART Input and Output Modules use real-time Ethernet POWERLINK to transfer HART data supplied by sensors and actuators directly to controller. To evaluate data, controller forwards information via process bus to maintenance stations with FDT containers. HART devices are configured with TCP/IP communication DTM, which scans network and detects hardware tree. DTM server on controller provides read/write access to all information regarding HART field devices for asset monitoring.

B&R Industrial Automation Corp.

1250 Northmeadow Parkway, Roswell, GA, 30076, USA

Original Press Release

B&R Adds HART Modules to the X20 I/O Series

Press release date: February 25, 2014

Data transmission, configuration and diagnostics of field devices

B&R now includes an analog HART input module and a HART output module in their successful series of X20 communication modules. These new modules are equipped with two inputs and outputs and use real-time Ethernet POWERLINK to transfer HART data supplied by sensors and actuators directly to the controller. To evaluate the data, the controller forwards information via the process bus to maintenance stations with FDT containers, for example B&R Automation Studio, PACTware or FieldCare.

Controller handles asset monitoring
In the other direction, this type of communication makes it possible to configure the HART devices. This is done with B&R's TCP/IP communication DTM, which scans the network and detects the entire hardware tree, including field devices. The DTM server on the controller operates as a gateway that provides read/write access to all detailed information regarding HART field devices for asset monitoring. Read/Write function blocks support this access during logic processing as well.

One modem per channel ensures more than enough bandwidth
Each channel on B&R HART modules has its own HART modem in order to optimally utilize POWERLINK's high transmission bandwidth. In addition, the comparatively slow HART channels are not encumbered further by multiplexing, as is common in many other systems. HART modules in the X20 series also provide burst mode support, include multidrop functionality and can directly supply up to five devices per channel.

B&R Industrial Automation Corp.
Attn: Yvonne Eich
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
1250 Northmeadow Parkway, S-100
Roswell, GA 30076

B&R company profile
B&R is the world’s largest and most successful private company in the area of automation equipment manufacturing. The motto “Perfection in Automation” has provided the foundation for the company since B&R was founded in 1979. Today, B&R employs 2,500 employees worldwide and has an exceptional global presence with 175 sales offices in 75 countries.

As a global leader in industrial automation, B&R combines state-of-the-art technology with advanced engineering to provide customers in virtually every industry with complete solutions for machine and process automation, motion control, HMI and integrated safety technology. With industrial fieldbus communication standards like POWERLINK and openSAFETY as well as the powerful Automation Studio software development environment, B&R is constantly redefining the future of automation engineering.

B&R Industrial Automation, Inc. North America, based in Atlanta, GA, has been working closely with its customers since 1987. Since then, B&R North America has continuously grown as a sales and support organization through both direct sales offices and B&R’s unique Automation Partner distribution network. Today, B&R North America has a network of more than 20 offices throughout the USA and Canada and is there for its customers locally.   For more information, please visit www.br-automation.com.

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