Using embedded Anybus Communication modules with Distributed I/O devices


Distributed I/O devices need simple and flexible communication interfaces supporting the widest possible range of fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks.

IDistributed I/O devices are used everywhere in automation technology. Communication is one of the most important success factors and it is essential that the remote I/O device has a flexible network interface supporting as many networks as possible. Distributed I/Os are grouped into modular devices using a range of pluggable interface modules and compact devices with a fixed number of I/O signals. A further differentiation a criterion is the mechanical rating with is typically IP20 for standard devices and IP54 or IP65 for devices that can be used outside a switching cabinet.

With the embedded Anybus communication modules, HMS provides ready-to-use connectivity solutions for both compact and modular I/O devices. Thanks to the well defined Anybus application interface, the electronics of the IO device does not need to differentiate between the different networks – the Anybus module cares about the differences and for the device electronics, all networks look the same.

HMS provides three families of embedded communication modules that fulfill the communication requirements of distributed I/O 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-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