Award winning manufacturer of IT-based building automation.
New Anybus gateways make Modbus devices talk BACnet or KNX
HMS Industrial Networks now releases two
new gateways connecting factory automation equipment to building
automation systems – Anybus Modbus to KNX gateway and Anybus Modbus to
BACnet gateway. The new gateways enable industrial devices using Modbus
to communicate on building systems using KNX or BACnet.
As BACnet and KNX are increasingly being
used in buildings and infrastructure installations, there is an
increasing demand for integrating industrial devices that communicate
on Modbus into these networks. Therefore, HMS now presents
Modbus-to-KNX and Modbus-to-BACnet gateways, which act as translators,
allowing Modbus RTU, ASCII and TCP-devices to show up as individual KNX
or BACnet-compliant devices in a building automation network. This
enables central KNX/BACnet control and supervision of Modbus devices
such as drives, HVAC controllers and measuring equipment in building
Making system integration easier
“These new Anybus gateways give system integrators and facility owners more flexibility as they can now integrate Modbus devices in KNX or BACnet systems as well,” comments Christian Bergdahl, Product Marketing Manager at HMS. “The gateways are also a good fit for machine builders who want to offer their products to the Building Automation market. Building Automation is a fast-growing sector and we see a lot of demand for connecting industrial devices to building systems for supervision and control. Accordingly, we are very happy to be able to offer these two gateways, adding to the over 300 Anybus gateways already available for system integration.“
How the gateways work
The gateways offer a very straight-forward integration process. Modbus RTU slaves are connected to the serial port of the gateway, while Modbus TCP devices are connected to the Ethernet port. On the KNX or BACnet side, the gateways appear as simulated devices in the KNX or BACnet system.
Configuration is made in the Windows-based Anybus Configuration Manager (MAPS) tool. Commissioning and troubleshooting is also made also using this tool.
HMS Industrial Networks
HMS Industrial Networks is the leading independent supplier of products for industrial communication including remote management. HMS develops and manufactures solutions for connecting automation devices and systems to industrial networks under the Anybus, IXXAT and eWON brands.
Development and manufacturing take place at the headquarters in Halmstad, Sweden and in Ravensburg, Germany. Local sales and support are handled by offices in Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, UK, and USA. HMS employs over 500 people and reported sales of 101 million EUR in 2016. HMS is listed on the NASDAQ OMX in Stockholm.
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