Port splitter will expand controller communication capabilities

Milwaukee, WI—Rockwell Automation reports that industrial control users soon will be able to expand the communications capabilities of existing controllers more cost-effectively with its new RS-232/DF1 port splitter.

By Control Engineering Staff March 29, 2005

Milwaukee, WI— Rockwell Automation reports that industrial control users soon will be able to expand the communications capabilities of existing controllers more cost-effectively with its new RS-232/DF1 port splitter. This device connects to a controller’s DF1 full-duplex port, allowing it to simultaneously communicate with a local network and an operator interface through one port.

Control users with one DF1 can use the splitter to create one full

“Many manufacturers need a second communications port for a human-machine interface (HMI) or programming terminal, but don’t want to waste money using a more powerful controller just to obtain this feature,” says Scott Haddix, Rockwell’s SLC product manager. “With the DF1 port splitter, control designers and system-level users now have an inexpensive way to increase communications and flexibility in their existing controllers.”

Users will be able to order the DF1 port splitter beginning in mid-2005. It is compatible with Rockwell’s controllers, such as SLC 500, PLC-5, MicroLogix, ControlLogix, CompactLogix and FlexLogix.

Control Engineering Daily News DeskJim Montague, news editorjmontague@reedbusiness.com