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Advantech Introduces Two New Protocol Gateways
Advantech Corporation Posted 08/08/2017
(Cincinnati, OH) – Advantech’s IIoT Automation Group is pleased to announce the EKI-1221IEIMB and EKI-1221IPNMB protocol gateway devices for protocol conversion from Modbus TCP to EtherNet/IP and to PROFINET.
They are designed for reliable protocol extensibility and seamless integration with existing network devices. They offer a viable solution for efficiently converting data from devices with different protocol and reduce the possibility of expensive device purchases or software programming errors. With the addition of these protocol gateway devices into existing network infrastructures, customers can build a seamless data path between otherwise incompatible network devices and extend their useful life without a heavy price tag or major upgrade.
The implementation of the EKI-1221IEIMB/PNMB protocol gateway series is simple and fast. They are easy to setup and configure and they are compatible with Siemens’ and Rockwell HMI/PLCs. They have a built-in diagnostic tool that can connect data and monitor the status of connected devices in real-time. This allows operators to utilize collected data, analyze it, and find suitable solutions to prevent potential problems. Instrument data from each machine/device can be sent via EtherNet/IP or PROFINET PLC protocol conversion for further analysis in order to monitor the condition of in-service equipment. Their fast deployment not only facilitates a productive workflow, but also enables easy machine automation management and maintenance on the shop floor. This is a crucial function for predictive maintenance management.