Any device. Any network.

The easy way to get non-networked serial devices to communicate on any industrial network. Connect, configure, done!

Anybus® Communicator™ solves your devices' connectivity problems

Nearly all machines and devices in operation today have a serial or CAN based RS-232/422/485 interface. Most of them perform well, but lack an interface to fieldbus or industrial Ethernet. 

This is where the Anybus Communicator gateway comes in.

It takes your existing device as is and enables it to be connected to an industrial PLC control system without any hardware changes or programming.

What you can do with an Anybus Communicator

Enable your device

Retro-fit existing devices

Avoid unnecessary investment by prolonging the life of a well-performing serial or CAN-based device. By using the Anybus Communicator, you can connect it to any fieldbus or Industrial Ethernet network. 

make no changes

Avoid hardware or software changes

The Anybus Communicator connects your device as is.. No hardware or software changes are required for your connected device. All data/protocol conversion is made, and mapped, to the network from inside the Anybus Communicator.

Convert your protocol

Easily convert your devices' serial/CAN protocol

The flexibility of the Anybus Communicator means that you can convert almost any RS-232/422/485 Request/Response or Produce/Consume protocol — Modbus RTU, ASCII, DF1, CAN-based, or user-specific. The Communicator requires no PLC function blocks or any programming. Just connect, configure and you're done.

inexpensive connection

Get an inexpensive network connection

With just ONE Anybus Communicator you can connect up to 31 nodes/devices in a multi-drop scenario by selecting RS-485. This allows for a very inexpensive fieldbus/Ethernet connection for your devices. 

Connect slow serial devices without affecting performance

Connect slow serial devices without affecting performance

The Anybus Communicator internally stores and intelligently maps I/O data. This de-couples the upper fieldbus/Ethernet network and the slower serial/CAN sub-network. This means that devices with slow serial communication can be integrated into high-speed fieldbus/Ethernet networks without any restrictions to the upper network performance.

Simplify your network infrastructure

Simplify your network infrastructure

As an "in-chassis" alternative, you can mount the Anybus Communicator on a DIN-rail close the connected devices and free up PLC rack space and cabling.

Anybus® Communicator™

Select the network version!

For serial RS-232/422/485 devices using Modbus RTU/DF1/ASCII or any vendor specific protocol

Communicator protrocols

Anybus Communicator CAN 

Select the network version 

For devices using a CAN 2.0A or 2.0B based protocol


Anybus Standard

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Anybus Serial

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Anybus Features

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X-gateway assistance

Through HMS Technical Services, start-up assistance, on-site help and trainings are available.

Data exchange

Learn more about how the X-gateway exchanges I/O Data.

What you can do!

Connect any two industrial networks — Fieldbus, or Industrial Ethernet or connect to IT systems via MQTT or OPC UA.

Anybus X-gateway case studies

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Protocol Conversion

Protocol Information

See the unique way the Communicator handles any serial/CAN based protocol without the need for any programming.
Anybus communicator configs

Verified devices

The Communicator connects thousands of industrial devices worldwide.
How data is mapped

How data is mapped

Offload your PLC from additional calculations
Case Studies

Anybus Communicator Case Studies

Anybus Communicator Case studies
Case Studies

Wireless Case Studies

Satisfied customers around the globe telling their story about our Wireless Solutions.
Case Study

Case Study 1080 Motion

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Wireless connectivity

Read our wireless connectivity solutions brochure that will help you find what you are looking for.
Case Study

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Anybus Wireless Bolt enables wireless PROFINET I/O communication over Bluetooth — between a rotating baking machine and the control cabinet.
Wireless Whitepaper

Free whitepaper — Wireless technologies for industrial communication

This whitepaper compares the different wireless technologies available so you can find the solution that fits your application the best.
Infrastructure Products

Anybus Wireless and Infrastructure

Anybus Wireless Solutions allows you to connect machines and devices over Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Cellular networks and Industrial Ethernet.
IoT Gateways

Anybus Edge

Anybus Edge closes the gap between the factory floor and the cloud, enabling industrial companies to realize IIoT in an easy and secure way.
Protocol Converters

Anybus Gateways

Anybus Communicator™ and X-gateway™ — more than 300 stand-alone gateways for connecting devices, machines, systems or networks.
Integrated Solutions

Anybus Embedded

Anybus CompactCom™ gives you multi-network connectivity with just one development project. Available in chip, brick or module format.