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HMS Networks expands range of gateways with Anybus Communicator EtherCAT Main Device

May 25, 2023

Posted by: Shriya Raban

HMS now launches the Anybus Communicator EtherCAT Main Device, a high-performance gateway that provides an easy way to connect EtherCAT subordinate devices to different industrial networks and control systems.

EtherCAT has now installed industrial network in factory automation globally, and the preferred choice in the semiconductor industry. As the number of subordinate devices utilising EtherCAT continues to increase, there is a growing demand for high-performance gateways that can connect these devices to other major industrial networks. The Anybus Communicator EtherCAT Main Device addresses this demand by providing a reliable solution for connecting EtherCAT subordinate devices to PROFIBUS, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, or Modbus-TCP control systems.

Effortless scan for EtherCAT devices

With the Anybus Communicator, users can scan the EtherCAT network for devices directly from its web user interface. The communicator automatically identifies each device and maps its data to the control system, eliminating the need to manually search for and import device description files (ESI).

Next-generation technology

Like all Anybus gateways, an Anybus Communicator EtherCAT Main Device provides secure, and user-friendly technology:

Proven and fast communication using Anybus NP40 technology

The Anybus NP40 industrial network processor ensures that the communicators meet demanding requirements in terms of industrial performance and security. Featuring new hardware and software, the gateways enable instant data transfer up to 10 times faster than their predecessors. Users can also exchange significantly more data between the networks as the gateways transfer up to 1 500 bytes to and from connected PLCs.

Built using carefully selected industrial components and verified against the CE and UL industry standards, the gateways are designed to handle harsh industrial environments.

To protect users from cyberattacks, the gateways have an onboard physical security switch that prevents unauthorised configuration changes and secure boot functionality to resist attacks and infections from

Fast installation and intuitive configuration

Fast installation and smooth configuration procedures are guaranteed thanks to an optimised housing design, an intuitive User Interface, and easy-to-understand documentation. Installation is simplified thanks to the compact gateway design with forward-facing ports and DIN-rail mounting, which allows gateway installation close to connected devices, reducing the amount of required wiring.

Users can configure the gateways using drag-and-drop functionality in the web-based user interface, which is accessible via a dedicated Ethernet port on the gateways. In the user interface, users can also monitor network traffic and diagnose issues before they become problems. Hands-on assistance is also available, as a QR code in the user interface provides a step-by-step installation and configuration guide.

“We are delighted to add the Anybus Communicator EtherCAT Main Device Gateways to our list of next-generation gateways”, explains Fredrik Brynolf, product manager for Anybus gateways at HMS Networks. “With the effortless scanning for EtherCAT devices, the intuitive user interface, and the advanced technology, these EtherCAT gateways offer the easiest and most reliable way to connect EtherCAT subordinate devices to other industrial networks and control systems”.

Anybus Communicators are available off the shelf as stand-alone ready-to-install units. Users can personalise the Communicators to meet OEM and brand labeling requirements. The gateways can also be pre-configured and locked to be used as tightly integrated communication components of an automation device or a machine.

The Anybus Communicator EtherCAT Main Device is the easiest and most reliable way to connect EtherCAT
subordinate devices to control systems.

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