Gateway for bridging industrial Ethernet networks
Hilscher’s netTAP 151 is a four-port device that exchanges input/output (I/O) data between different industrial Ethernet networks by acting as a protocol converter. Supported protocols include EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, Ethernet Powerlink, Profinet and Sercos. It is compatible with any programmable logic controller (PLC) on the primary network. On the secondary side, it works either as an I/O device, or it can control a subordinate network as a bus master. The length of the I/O data can be scaled to any application and the data transmitted can be mapped at the byte level. Secure network separation is provided by two Ethernet controllers in the netTAP 151, each connected to a dual Ethernet port with integrated switch. This allows support for star, ring and inline network topologies without the need for additional peripherals. An overall data processing time lower than 10 ms is achieved. The netTAP 151 gateway can be ordered preloaded with firmware and license, or ordered unloaded. Unloaded devices minimize inventory costs and increase flexibility, since protocol-specific firmware can be loaded as needed to satisfy any protocol conversion combination. All devices are commissioned and diagnosed over a USB to a PC.
Hilscher North America Inc.
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