The new Anybus® Wireless Bridge from HMS is a solution for extending Industrial Ethernet networks and Serial Interface with wireless communication.
HMS Industrial Networks
Anybus Wireless Bridge
With the Anybus Wireless Bridge, HMS takes industrial Ethernet and Serial communication (RS232 / RS422 / RS485) into the wireless age. Just as the name suggests, the product is a Wireless Bridge between two points in an industrial Ethernet or Serial network. It can also be used to connect devices to an existing Wireless infrastructure.
Solving problems for System Integrators and Solution providers
By connecting Industrial devices and networks over a Wireless link, the Anybus Wireless Bridge makes life easier for system integrators and network designers needing to create connections through hazardous areas, hard-to-reach locations or moving installations where cables are not desirable. The Wireless Bridge is compatible with the major industrial Ethernet standards Profinet, EtherNet/IP, BACnet/IP and Modbus TCP, and Serial Modbus RTU provides users with a robust and maintenance-free wireless connection.
“We see an emerging need on the market for industrial-quality Wireless communication,” comments Santosh Tatte, Country Manager at HMS. “Wireless technology is nowadays very reliable and it is becoming more and more accepted on the Industrial automation market. The AnybusWireless Bridge provides a simple solution to complicated connectivity problems and is yet another step in our efforts to make Industrial networking easier.”
How it works
Anybus Wireless Bridge allows industrial Ethernet and Serial based equipment to be connected via wireless technology and makes it possible to bridge protocols such as Profinet, EtherNet/IP, BACnet/IP, Modbus TCP, Modbus RTU etc. over a distance of up to 400 metres (open air range).
Wireless transmission is made via Bluetooth or WLAN technologyand there are several versions available for both Serial and Industrial Ethernet communication. While the WLAN solution provides higher bandwidth thanks to a wider frequency range of the transmitted wireless signals, the Bluetooth solution offers an even more reliable and noise immune wireless link since Bluetooth switches between different frequencies.
Point-to-point or Multipoint communication over Wireless
Wireless Bridge is used as cable replacement in point-to-point communication (serial or Ethernet). But it can also be used as an access point for several Bluetooth nodes within range. So, user can access multiple slave devices and exchange data between Master and several slaves.
Wireless Bridge reliability
HMS offers Wireless Bridge in rugged design with IP65-classed housing. It uses a unique method to handle interference disturbances without consequences to the Bluetooth conformity or the interoperability with other devices. Thus user can be assured of data exchange without any data loss or delay. HMS Wireless solution also supports redundant wireless networks for critical applications. Wireless Bridge can be easily configured via push button or via web configuration pages.
Why use wireless technology instead of traditional cabling?
- Greater mobility and freedom of movement
- Bypassing long distances and applications where cables are an issue
- Eliminate expensive and maintenance-heavy cabling
- Fast and easy installations and commissioning
- High flexibility when modifying an installation
- Increased personal safety in hazardous areas (for instance, when needing to climb in a crane) by offering a control possibility from further distance than can be the case with a cable
- Easy integration of devices into the network, and
- Obtain flexible Human Interface Devices (HID).