Option Card optimizes VFD communication capabilities.

Press Release Summary:

With MCA 121 EtherNet/IP(TM) Option Card, VLT® AutomationDrive users can deploy Ethernet technology in manufacturing applications. Card delivers connectivity to Ethernet/IP-based networks via CIP, and can handle single EIP Class 1 connection with atual packet interval of 1 ms in both directions. Device includes 2-port switch with diagnostic functions, as well as built-in web server and email client to deliver service notification.

Original Press Release:

New Option Card from Danfoss Drives Significantly Enhances Variable Frequency Drive Communication Capabilities and Performance

Enables VFD connectivity to Ethernet/IP (EIP) via Common Industry Protocol (CIP(TM))

LOVES PARK, IL -- Danfoss Drives introduces the MCA 121 EtherNet/IP(TM) Option Card. The MCA 121 is a powerful networking tool that enables Danfoss VLT® AutomationDrive users to deploy standard Ethernet technology in manufacturing applications, while also enabling internet and enterprise activity.

"The MCA 121 option card delivers connectivity to EtherNet/IP based networks via the Common Industry Protocol (CIP(TM)) protocol. It is able to handle a single EIP Class 1 connection with an Actual Packet Interval (API) of just 1 ms in both directions, positioning it as one of the highest performing EIP devices in the market. Users will also benefit from a built-in 2 port switch with diagnostic functions that enables traditional line network topology, while eliminating the need for complex cabling and expensive industrial Ethernet switches," says Flemming Huusmann, Global Product Manager, Fieldbus.

Industrial operations are increasingly utilizing open Ethernet networks to manage their processes. The MCA 121 enables the Danfoss Drives VLT AutomationDrive to connect directly to an EtherNet/IP network, maximizing speed and performance beyond what is possible using a gateway. With the MCA 121 each drive simply acts as another node on the network, with full visibility and full speed connectivity.

Traditional line network topology can significantly simplify cabling requirements and reduce hardware costs - The MCA 121 enables users to eliminate a number of Ethernet switches, at an approximate cost of $200 per switch. The MCA 121 EtherNet/IP Option Card also features a built-in web server and email client to deliver service notification.

MCA 121 EtherNet/IP Option Cards can be ordered as a factory installed option on new VLT AutomationDrives, or can be ordered as a retrofit component for quick and easy installation in the field.

Danfoss is a leading manufacturer of precision mechanical and electrical components, with locations in more than 120 countries. Danfoss created the VLT name when they introduced the world's first mass-produced VFD in 1968, and the name has set the standard for high performance quality variable frequency drives ever since.

Danfoss Drives, 4401 N. Bell School Road, Loves Park, IL 61111; Phone: 800-432-6367; Fax: 815-639-8000; salesinformation@danfoss.com; www.danfossdrives.com.

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