Fieldbus & Industrial Networking


Range of Ethernet communications products now available

April 2000 Fieldbus & Industrial Networking

In a new and exclusive southern African agency agreement, Systems and Automation Management (SAM) will be distributing a range of German designed and manufactured communications products for the remote monitoring and maintenance of Siemens equipment. The INAT range is designed to interface directly and easily with Siemens PLCs to facilitate fast and simple Ethernet communications.

Three key products form the core of this range which has proven interchangeability in a Siemens operating environment. "We are very excited about this range and the choice which it now affords the local market. The products are simple to install and reliable and, at last, someone has made ‘talking’ to Siemens easy!" explains SAM's Durban-based INAT Product Manager, Pauline Bullock.

The three key products are the Echolink which converts from Siemens serial protocols to Ethernet; the DDE and OPC servers for Siemens industrial protocols and cost-effective communications interface cards for Siemens PLC's.

The INAT Echolink is a smart Ethernet interface for PLCs and programming devices that is able to communicate with S5 90U, S5 95U or an S5 100U via an Ethernet network without any network adapters. Configuration software is provided with the unit. The second key product is the INAT OPC and DDE servers. These products will significantly reduce the interfaces in a plant and were developed to link process visualisation systems such as InTouch, WinCC and FIX to TCP/IP or H1 networks for communication with S5 and S7 controllers. The INAT TCP/IP interface cards connect Siemens programmable controllers with each other or with other devices such as visualisation and control computers and can be used with both TCP/IP and H1 hardware simultaneously and in parallel.

SAM's extensive experience as system integrators ensures high levels of product and installation support. Technical support will be offered from both the Johannesburg and Durban offices and special stocking arrangements are in place with INAT in Germany to ensure efficient delivery on INAT's full range of network components and devices.

SAM

Tel:(011) 803 0570

eksteen@sam.co.za





Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

IO-Link portfolio for decentralised automation
Turck Banner Fieldbus & Industrial Networking
Turck Banner is expanding its extensive IO-Link portfolio with a robust IO-Link master with an M12 power supply, a compact IO-Link master in IP20, and an I/O-Hub with an additional power supply. This enables power hungry equipment such as grippers to be fed with up to 4 A of power.

Read more...
Intrinsically safe EtherCAT I/O modules
Beckhoff Automation Fieldbus & Industrial Networking
As a robust alternative to IP20 solutions with their elaborate housing protections, EPX modules with IP67 protection rating enable reliable data collection.

Read more...
Modbus probes gain support for parity options
RF Design Fieldbus & Industrial Networking
The marquee feature of firmware version 1.06 facilitates the use of odd, even, mark or space parity modes when communicating with bus probes.

Read more...
Compact and powerful energy monitoring unit
Opto Africa Holdings Electrical Power & Protection Fieldbus & Industrial Networking
The RIO EMU’s slim form factor is ideal for ‘just one more thing’ retrofit jobs thanks to DIN-rail and panel-mount options.

Read more...
Is your manufacturing plant ready for IoT?
Editor's Choice Fieldbus & Industrial Networking IT in Manufacturing
Pockets of IoT exist in manufacturing plants today; the challenge is to fully digitalise the entire plant.

Read more...
Extend the life of your legacy devices
RJ Connect Fieldbus & Industrial Networking
If your serial-based machines or devices have been running for decades and helped your business grow, you might worry about how long you can still hold on to these assets. In this article, we highlight three major challenges you will face when enabling serial connectivity between your legacy devices and modern systems. We also provide expert tips to make your upgrade easy.

Read more...
AS-i and IO-Link power distributor for hygienic areas
Fieldbus & Industrial Networking
The special housing material and high ingress protection allow operation in areas with frequent intensive cleaning processes, for example in the food industry.

Read more...
Upgraded IIoT functionality for excom Ethernet I/O
Turck Banner Fieldbus & Industrial Networking
Firmware update adds functions to excom Ethernet gateways, such as webserver, HCiR and parallel access to HART devices.

Read more...
IO-Link master with OPC UA interface
Pepperl+Fuchs Fieldbus & Industrial Networking
The combination makes data accessible beyond the central control system, for decision-makers to access without complex workarounds.

Read more...
Mobile data memory for IO-Link
ifm - South Africa Fieldbus & Industrial Networking
The DSU100 is a 128 KB FRAM data carrier which serves as a storage medium in industrial environments.

Read more...