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Module connects controllers via Profibus

Posted: 12 Jan 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:remote module? Profibus? connectivity?

Molex Inc. launches the Brad SST PB3 remote module for Process Field Bus (Profibus). This is a stand-alone hardware platform that features Profibus and Ethernet communication ports for enabling connectivity to any Rockwell ControlLogix and CompactLogix controller.

The module features a remote design that enables it to be installed close to the Profibus field device, cutting expensive cabling costs that can occur when the controller and field device are in different locations.

Suited for factory automation, process control and machine building applications, the module is fully integrated into the Rockwell Software Architecture. It offers features such as 'Add-on-Instructions,' which saves integration time; Ethernet switch with redundancy capability; direct access to I/O data without the need to write ladder logic; and complete access to Profibus DP-V1 services and device diagnostics.

Other features include an engineering console that runs Profibus master and slave protocols simultaneously; remote configuration and diagnostics via an Ethernet connection for quick commissioning, CommDTM driver, which allows Rockwell users in process control industries such as oil/gas and food/beverage to perform asset management; as well as easy sharing of I/O process data and the ability for multiple types of equipment to connect to a single PB3 Remote Module.

- Jean-Pierre Joosting
EE Times Europe

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