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Remote module gives PROFIBUS support to Rockwell controllers

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PROFIBUS? CompactLogix? ControlLogix? SoftLogix? remote communication module?

Molex Inc. has announced its SST IP67 PB3 remote module, a linking device with on-board PROFIBUS and Ethernet communication ports. According to the company, the remote module offers fast and easy solution for adding PROFIBUS master and slave connectivity to Rockwell Logix controllersCompactLogix, ControlLogix, SoftLogix, etc.

The company indicated that the harsh duty remote design allows the SST IP67 PB3 remote module to be installed directly on the machine or in the field to reduce the requirement of costly PROFIBUS cabling required to connect the controller and field device. Geared for factory automation, process control and complex machine applications, the module claims to execute high speed PROFIBUS-DP data exchange with the Logix controller with up to 2KB Input + 2KB Output PROFIBUS process data. It is fully integrated into the Rockwell Software Architecture through features such as add-on instructions, access to PROFIBUS DP-V1 services and diagnostics and direct access from RSLogix 5000 to PROFIBUS I/O data, without writing any ladder logic.

Additional features of the module include an engineering software console for automatic DP device discovery, configuration and diagnostics. In addition, the AOI export of PROFIBUS I/O variables in RSLogix 5000 (.L5X) format allows users to browse PROFIBUS tags (with correct name, type, etc.)

The CommDTM driver allows Rockwell users in process control industries to perform asset management with software such as FactoryTalk AssetCentre, PACTware and FieldCare, and an optional conformal coating version extends the working life and improves security and reliability of performance in extreme or humid conditions, detailed the company.

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