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Siemens, Hilscher team for multi-protocol industrial communications

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By Nick Flaherty


Siemens has integrated the cifX PC card technology from Hilscher into its SIMATIC industrial PCs to support every fieldbus and real-time Ethernet protocol.

The deal uses the M.2 format card from Hilscher Gesellschaft für Systemautomation with downloadable firmware for 19 different protocols running on the netX network controller.

Users benefit from unified device drivers, one configuration tool, as well as a consistent API across all protocols. With this scalable platform, they can easily and efficiently integrate all relevant automation protocols:

  • PROFIBUS-DP
  • CANopen
  • DeviceNet 
  • PROFINET-IO
  • EtherCAT 
  • EtherNet/IP  
  • OpenModbus/TCP
  • POWERLINK
  • SERCOS
  • CC-Link IE Field Basic
  • Varan

Switching to the required protocol can be carried out via Hilscher’s loadable firmware, which is included in the scope of delivery. Hilscher also offers protocol stacks for Controller as well as Device applications.

The variety of protocols ensures that the SIMATIC controllers can adapt to the communication requirements of different market segments and different regions around the world, e. g. Ethernet-IP in USA or Korea or Modbus in India. In addition, users can rely on the fact that specific network requirements of different devices, machines and systems of the global automation market are reliably met.

The M.2 bundles that are tested and ready to use in the SIMATIC IPC227G and IPC BX-39A are available directly from Hilscher.

new.siemens.com/global/en/products/automation/pc-based.html

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