SMC’s EX600 serial interface unit for its EtherNet/IP™ compatible
design has three outstanding new features that improve the overall benefits and
flexibility of the product. A dual port allows a trio of topologies for the connection,
providing greater security and equipment and wire savings. The QuickConnect™
function results in a quick power up and connection to the network, while the
built-in web server function enables remote access via a web browser, driving
efficiencies in the system start-up and maintenance.
SMC, the worldwide leading expert in pneumatics, has extended its EX600 serial
interface unit to include a dual port type for its EtherNet/IP™ compatible
type, offering increased benefits for complex control systems.
Different connection configurations are now a possibility with linear and DLR
topologies, in addition to the standard star type, that not only remove the
need to use a switching hub but also means less cabling is required. And overall
security is enhanced with the DLR, as the risk of losing communication is removed,
even when disconnected from its location.
SMC said: “At SMC we are committed to product development and continued
improvement and that has been achieved with the EX600 Fieldbus system. This
design enhancement offers our customers even greater flexibility across several
factory automation applications using advanced communication systems.”
This latest addition to the EX600 range is particularly useful for factory environments
using robotic technology, where the robots manage several tools at once. The
speed of the communication connection is essential in these environments, so
a new QuickConnect™ function has also been introduced. It enables the
machinery to quickly power up and join the EtherNet/IP™ network.
Further efficiencies are achieved in the start-up and maintenance of the system
thanks to a built-in server function, allowing remote access via a web browser.
This allows operators to easily manage status checks, programme parameter settings
and forced output, using general purpose web browsers.
SMC concluded: “We are confident that with all the benefits of the existing
EX600 range, this dual port serial interface unit will also become a best seller!”
For more information on the EX600, EtherNet/IP™ specification Fieldbus
system, dual port serial interface unit, visit the SMC new product page: www.smc.eu