Protocol Converter provides Profibus connectivity.

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Operating on 24 V power supply and consuming 100 mA, DIN rail-mounted Anybus Communicator connects automation devices such as temperature sensors, barcode readers, motor controllers, and measuring instruments via Modbus interface to Profibus networks. Communicator acts as slave on Profibus side and master on Modbus side, supporting baudrates from 1,200 Baud up to 56 kbit/s. In RS-485 mode, product can connect up to 31 serial Modbus devices to Profibus.

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Anybus Communicator from HMS Industrial Networks

Anybus Communicator from HMS Industrial Networks to connect automation devices via their Modbus interface to Profibus networks

The Communicator is an intelligent protocol converter that provides instant Profibus connectivity. As the automation device remains unchanged there is no need for hardware-, software modifications or extensive engineering work. Modbus is a very popular serial protocol and the industrial automation market contains a wide range of existing devices with a Modbus interface such as temperature sensors, barcode readers, motor controllers and measuring instruments. By using the Anybus Communicator all these devices can be easily integrated into modern automation systems based on Profibus and PLCs i.e. from Siemens, Schneider and ABB.

The Anybus Communicator is a small stand alone device with DIN rail mounting. It is powered by an industrial 24 Volt power supply and typically only consumes 100mA. On the Profibus side, the Communicator acts as a slave and on the Modbus side, it acts as a master and supports all baudrates from 1200 Baud up to 56kbit/s. In RS-485 mode the product can connect up to 31 serial Modbus devices to Profibus and moreover it supports the Modbus-RTU and the Modbus-ASCII protocol. The configuration is made in 7
simple steps with a user friendly Windows based configuration tool.

The Profibus converter is a member of HMS´s Anybus Communicator family which consists of 14 different versions supporting the fieldbus systems including Profibus, DeviceNet, ControlNet, CANopen, Interbus, FIPIO, Modbus-RTU, Modbus-Plus, CC-Link and Lonworks and additionally the industrial Ethernet protocols EtherNet/IP, Profinet, Modbus-TCP and EtherCAT. All of these versions provide the same functionality and
allow device manufacturers to connect their automation devices to all leading industrial networks.

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 150 people and reported sales of 33 million in 2008. HMS was
formed in 1988 and is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm in the category Small Cap, Information Technology with ISIN SE0002136242.

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