Using an embedded Anybus Communication Interface in a PLC


Flexible communication is a key successes factor for almost any PLC.  Whether a master / scanner  interface is needed to control the decentralized I/O devices or a slave interface is required for integration of the PLC as a slave into a upper level control network, the Anybus technology from HMS provides the right solution.


Designing a Fieldbus or Ethernet Master / Scanner Interface for a PLC
Via an integrated master / scanner interface it is possible to connect decentralized field devices such as I/O blocks, valves, drives or HMI via the network to the PLC. The network replaces the costly parallel wiring and ensures a reliable and fast data exchange of input and output data between the PLC and the decentralized field devices.

Requirements on such a master / scanner interface include high data throughput, easy configuration and flexibility regarding the network type. Anybus-M modules from HMS fulfill these requirements and offer ready to use embedded master / scanner solutions for Profibus, DeviceNet, AS-Interface and EtherNet/IP.

Along with the embedded communication modules, HMS offers tailor-made configuration tools that are used to describe the configuration of the network and download it into the master / scanner interface.


Anybus-M Master Interfaces

Credit card sized master/scanner communication interfaces containing all hardware and software functions needed to build a powerful communication interface for medium and large PLC's. Read more


Designing a Fieldbus or Ethernet Slave Interface for a PLC
Via an integrated slave / adapter interface, it is possible to integrate the PLC as a slave or adapter into an upper level control network. This is a typical application for small and micro PLCs, where the PLC performs data pre-processing and the pre-processed data is transmitted via the fieldbus / Ethernet network to a hierarchical higher ranked control system. Requirements on such a slave / adapter interface solution include high flexibility regarding the type of network, transmission of small amounts of data, access to cyclic process I/O data and acyclic parameter via the same network interface and low connectivity cost.

Anybus communication modules from HMS fulfill these requirements. While Anybus-CC modules can be inserted into the PLC at every point of the delivery chain between the PLC manufacturer and the end customer, Anybus-S modules are built into the housing during production of the PLC.


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 slave/adapter communication interfaces containing all hardware and software functions needed to build a powerful communication interface for medium and large PLC's. 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