PROFINET Brings Benefits of AC890 Drives to Ethernet Users

Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, has launched an open Ethernet-based networking communications module for its AC890 range of drives. For the first time, PROFINET makes the power, performance and functionality of the 890 family available to users operating Ethernet based process applications. In addition to supporting the seamless integration of all fieldbus systems, the module protects against unauthorised access, and ensures safe operation.

PROFINET uses TCP/IP and IT standards to support integrated communication from enterprise management to field level. The module is capable of fast data handling and performance, with a maximum of 256 bytes each of input and output data. Using CAT5 or CAT5E cable, PROFINET can communicate over a maximum node to node distance of 100 meters, making it extremely versatile.

The system can be factory fitted or installed simply on-site. Connection is made via a standard RJ45 Ethernet interface. A GSD file is available for easy PLC integration and the module is software configurable for local or remote configuration over network. Three status LED's indicate network and module status, allowing communications errors to be detected and resolved quickly and simply.

Additional features include galvanically isolated bus electronics for improved safety, real-time (RT) Profinet IO for seamless connections to other devices, and both web server and FTP server compatibility for fast remote access and configuration. PROFINET operates on 100Mbit/s network and supports RTNX protocol to connect to DSE software.

The PROFINET module can be used with Parker's AC890CD common bus drive, AC890SD standalone drive and the AC890PX high power drive series. The AC890 range of modular AC drives can be combined to form a complete multi-section drive system, saving space, reducing wiring, and providing unmatched system performance. The drives can control everything from induction motors to servo motors, and are available in a variety of sizes, ratings and I/O types, providing an effective drive system for any motion control application.

With annual sales exceeding $10 billion, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs approximately 52,000 people in 48 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 53 consecutive years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index.

For more information, visit the company's web site at, or its investor information site at

Please send all sales enquiries to:

Parker Hannifin Ltd, Sales Company UK,

Tachbrook Park Drive, Warwick CV34 6TU

Tel: 00800 27 27 5374.


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