Fieldbus & Industrial Networking


Turck introduces block I/O stations for industrial Ethernet

December 2014 Fieldbus & Industrial Networking

Turck has expanded its line of in-cabinet, block I/O stations with the addition of the FEN20 I/O stations for industrial Ethernet. This station incorporates Turck’s industrial Ethernet multiprotocol technology into a fixed, economical, in-cabinet I/O product ideal for applications where digital I/O needs to be elevated to an industrial Ethernet layer such as EtherNet/IP, Profinet or Modbus TCP.

This first release in a family of FEN20 I/O stations is available with 16 configurable I/O, power isolation between I/O zones and an embedded Ethernet switch to support a variety of application topologies. The station can be addressed via an external rotary switch or via a web server which makes troubleshooting easier, quicker and more cost effective. The FEN20 supports DHCP, LLDP and includes LEDs for status and basic troubleshooting.

Turck’s industrial Ethernet multiprotocol technology is an innovative approach to Ethernet applications. A single station can operate on a Modbus TCP, EtherNet/IP or Profinet network. Upon power-up, the station automatically recognises the protocol of the master that tries to connect to it, and dedicates the outputs to that master while still allowing other protocols to access the input data and diagnostic information.

“The FEN20 in-cabinet I/O module employs a unique housing that makes it perfect for uses in light tower, push button or operator panels,” says Christian Vitale, senior product manager at Turck. “The FEN20 I/O station completes our family of in-cabinet, block I/O stations that can also be used in Profibus-DP, DeviceNet, AS-Interface and now multiprotocol Ethernet fieldbus applications.”

For more information contact Rodney Topham, RET Automation, +27 (0)11 453 2468, rodney.topham@retautomation.com, www.retautomation.com



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