Using embedded Anybus Communication modules in HMI applications

HMI and text / graphic displays need flexible communication interfaces with slave / adapter functionality

In most industrial applications, HMIs and text / graphic displays are located close to the machinery and distributed over the plant floor. The distributed devices communicate via a fieldbus or industrial Ethernet network with the central automation system (PLC) / IPC).  From the network point of view, HMIs function as a slave / adapter on the network.

With the embedded Anybus communication modules, HMS provides ready-to-use connectivity solutions for all types of HMIs. The embedded Anybus modules support cyclic I/O data exchange (used i.e to transfer text / graphic data on the screen) and acyclic parameter data used for function keys or specific indicators. Thanks to the well defined Anybus application software interface, the internal software of the HMI can access the cyclic I/O data and acyclic parameter data in a standardized manner, independent of the selected industrial network.

HMS provides three families of embedded communication modules that fulfill the communication requirements of HMI applications.

Anybus-CompactCom (Anybus-CC)
Plug-in communication modules contained in a robust plastic housing with a form factor similar to a compact flash card. Anybus-CC modules feature the latest Anybus technology combining high performance and low prices.
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Anybus-S

Credit card sized communication interfaces containing all hardware and software functions needed to build a powerful communication interface for medium and large applications. Read more

Anybus-IC
Very small sized communication interfaces that fit into a standard DIL 32 socket. These tiny modules are tailor-made for small applications with limited requirements on performance and data size. Read more


Regardless which specific Anybus module in used, device manufacturers benefit from the principal advantages of the Anybus technology with up to 70% less development efforts, fast time-to-market, easier certification and continuous technology maintenance by HMS. Read more about the benefits of the Anybus technology. Read more