Network Communications Modules come with M12 connectors.

Press Release Summary:

Available for PROFIBUS RT, PROFINET, DeviceNet, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP, and EtherCAT, Anybus CompactCom modules with M12 connectors enable network connectivity for machinery that operates in wet, dusty, or other demanding industrial environments. Protection ratings of IP20 and IP67 apply, respectively, to modules with and without housing, and all CompactCom modules are completely interchangeable.

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Anybus CompactCom with M12 Connectors Enables Network Access in Harsh Industrial Environments

HMS Industrial Networks now releases a series of Anybus CompactCom modules equipped with M12 connectors. This enables network connectivity for machinery whichoperates in wet, dusty, or otherwise demanding industrial environments. Networks are initially PROFIBUS, PROFINET, DeviceNet, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP and EtherCAT.

Enabling IP ratings up to IP67

Just as the standard CompactCom modules, the new M12 versions will be available with and without housing. The M12 version without housing makes it possible to achieve a protection rating of IP67 (IP = Ingress Protection). This means that the product is completely sealed from dust and can resist water. The CompactCom M12 versions with housing are IP20 rated, just as the standard CompactCom modules with the default fieldbus connectors.

“We see companies standardizing on M12 connectors for various reasons,” says Stefan Källström, Product Manager, Embedded Solutions at HMS. “Some use it because they provide a sturdy and secured wire connection, while others need to reach higher IP rating since their machines operate in wet or in dusty environments. With the new M12 connectors, we enable device manufacturers and end users to get access to the most common fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks and still maintain a high IP rating“.

Built on proven technology

The Anybus CompactCom modules with M12 connectors offer the same functionality as standard CompactCom modules, including complete interchangeability between modules. This means that once the Anybus CompactCom concept is implemented into a product, it is possible to just plug in any CompactCom module to get access to the targeted network.

Available networks

HMS offers Anybus CompactCom with M12 connectors for the following industrial networks:

- PROFINET RT (September 2012)

- EtherNet/IP (September 2012)

- Modbus TCP (September 2012)

- EtherCAT (October 2012)

- PROFIBUS (October 2012)

- DeviceNet (November 2012)

HMS Industrial Networks is the leading independent supplier of embedded network technology for automation devices. HMS develops and manufactures solutions for interfacing automation devices to industrial networks. Development and manufacturing takes place at the head office in Halmstad, Sweden. Local sales and support is provided by the HMS branch offices in Chicago, Beijing, Karlsruhe, Milan, Mulhouse and Tokyo. HMS employs over 240 people and reported sales of Euros42.5 million in 2011.

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