Connect any industrial device

Retro-fit industrial devices with a serial RS-232/422/485 or CAN interface to all major fieldbus or Industrial Ethernet networks.

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 - EtherNet/IP

Integrate your serial RS-232/422/485 based industrial devices and equipment to a EtherNet/IP control system without the need for any changes to the device. Just connect, configure and you're done!

The Anybus Communicator is a proven and trusted protocol converter gateway that connects non-networked industrial devices and equipment to EtherNet/IP. The gateway performs an intelligent protocol conversion and presents the serial data to the Master PLC/Controller as easily processed I/O data.

The Communicator is slim stand-alone gateway designed for IP20 and DIN-rail mounting, requiring a 24-volt power supply. The Communicator is conformance tested to current EtherNet/IP specifications guaranteeing network compatibility.

Convert almost any type of serial protocol

The Communicator is capable of converting almost any type of serial protocol such as Modbus RTU, ASCII, DF1 or any other type of proprietary Query/Response or Produce/Consume protocol.

Typical serial applications

Typical serial applications include variable frequency drives, sensors, actuators, human machine interfaces, barcode readers, RFID readers and industrial scales among others. 
Anybus Communicator EtherNet/IP

Features and benefits

  • Saves machine builders and device manufacturers of integrating an EtherNet/IP interface
  • Allows system integrators to retro-fit older automation devices into modern EtherNet/IP communication structures
  • Requires no hardware or software changes to be made to the connected device
  • Compatible with all PLCs with EtherNet/IP support 
  • Performs complete serial protocol conversion, no PLC function blocks required
  • Intelligent I/O data mapping within the Communicator permits even devices with slow serial communication can be integrated without any restrictions to the upper network  
  • Possibility to connect up to 31 nodes via one Communicator giving inexpensive EtherNet/IP network connectivity for your devices
  • Integrated Email client, FTP server and embedded webserver for diagnostics and data visualization
  • Additional support for Modbus TCP Class 0, 1 and partial Class 2 
  • Always free technical support from HMS and our global Anybus Distributors
  • Special Linking Device version available for Rockwell CompactLogix, ControlLogix PLC’s with seamless Studio5000 integration – Find out more on the HMS Linking Devices Website
 

Ordering Information

 

ORDER CODE: AB7072

INCLUDED COMPONENTS:
- Quick start documentation
- Configuration cable (RS-232)
- D-sub connector with screw terminals for serial sub-network
- Configuration software available for download
- (Power supply not included)

OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES:
-  USB-RS-232 configuration adapter (Order Code: 019570)

GUARANTEE:  3 years

For purchasing instructions and terms and conditions, see: How to buy

    Related products

Anybus Communicator CAN 

Select the network version 

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

Communicator-protocols-can

Anybus Communicator - EtherNet/IP

Integrate your serial RS-232/422/485 based industrial devices and equipment to a EtherNet/IP control system without the need for any changes to the device. Just connect, configure and you're done!

The Anybus Communicator is a proven and trusted protocol converter gateway that connects non-networked industrial devices and equipment to EtherNet/IP. The gateway performs an intelligent protocol conversion and presents the serial data to the Master PLC/Controller as easily processed I/O data.

The Communicator is slim stand-alone gateway designed for IP20 and DIN-rail mounting, requiring a 24-volt power supply. The Communicator is conformance tested to current EtherNet/IP specifications guaranteeing network compatibility.

Convert almost any type of serial protocol

The Communicator is capable of converting almost any type of serial protocol such as Modbus RTU, ASCII, DF1 or any other type of proprietary Query/Response or Produce/Consume protocol.

Typical serial applications

Typical serial applications include variable frequency drives, sensors, actuators, human machine interfaces, barcode readers, RFID readers and industrial scales among others. 
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    Availability: In stock

    Features and benefits

    • Saves machine builders and device manufacturers of integrating an EtherNet/IP interface
    • Allows system integrators to retro-fit older automation devices into modern EtherNet/IP communication structures
    • Requires no hardware or software changes to be made to the connected device
    • Compatible with all PLCs with EtherNet/IP support 
    • Performs complete serial protocol conversion, no PLC function blocks required
    • Intelligent I/O data mapping within the Communicator permits even devices with slow serial communication can be integrated without any restrictions to the upper network  
    • Possibility to connect up to 31 nodes via one Communicator giving inexpensive EtherNet/IP network connectivity for your devices
    • Integrated Email client, FTP server and embedded webserver for diagnostics and data visualization
    • Additional support for Modbus TCP Class 0, 1 and partial Class 2 
    • Always free technical support from HMS and our global Anybus Distributors
    • Special Linking Device version available for Rockwell CompactLogix, ControlLogix PLC’s with seamless Studio5000 integration – Find out more on the HMS Linking Devices Website
     

    Serial protocol configuration features

    No high level programming skills are needed to set up the Anybus® Communicator as configuration is accomplished using the included, easy to use Windows™ based ACM (Anybus Configuration Manager).

    • Selectable RS-232/422/485 interface
    • Pre-defined 6-step Modbus-RTU configuration wizard
    • Selectable pre-loaded DF1 commands. No scripting or serial frame building required!
    • Ability to configure ASCII or vendor specific protocols (Request/Response or Produce/Consume via a visual frame building interface 
    • Multi-language support for English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Polish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese
    • Handy Save/Load function allows for a completed configuration to be re-used for many other installations
    • Password protection prevents unauthorized upload and download of configurations
    • Serial Line Listener and In-built Checksum calculations for diagnostic and troubleshooting

    EtherNet/IP interface features

    • EtherNet/IP CONFORMANCE TESTED™ by ODVA
    • EtherNet/IP Adapter Level 2 and Level 3  I/O Server CIP
    • Max 509 bytes Input and 505 bytes Output data
    • 10/100Mbit operation in full or half-duplex
    • Device Level Ring (DLR) functionality available (announce-based ring participant)
    • Per-user security framework
    • Quality of Service (QoS) available
    • TCP/IP settings can be configurable with web-page, Configuration Tool, DHCP or ARP
    • Integrated switch allowing for a daisy-chain topology
    • Dual RJ-45 ports available simultaneously
       

    Technical specifications

    Dimensions  (L•W•H) 120 x 75 x 27mm or 4,72 x 2,95 x 1,06"
    Weight 150g or 0,33 lbs
    Operating temperature 0 to +55 °C  or  0 to +131 °F 
    Storage temperature
    -40 to +85 °C  or  -40 to +185 °F 
    Power supply 24 VDC
    Current consumption
    max. 300mA (Typical 100 mA)
    Serial application Interface Selectable RS-232, RS-422, RS-485
    Max stations   31 nodes via RS-422 or RS-485 
    Galvanic isolation
    On both serial and BUS/Ethernet side
    Mechanical rating IP20, NEMA rating 1
    Mounting DIN-rail (EN 50022 standard)
    Protocol: Modbus RTU   Modbus RTU Master - Request/Response              
    Protocol: ASCII/Vendor Specific Request/Response or Produce/Consume    
    Protocol: Rockwell DF1 DF1 Master 
    Certifications CE, CULUSRoHS

    Ordering Information

    Anybus Communicator EtherNet/IP

    ORDER CODE: AB7072

    INCLUDED COMPONENTS:
    - Quick start documentation
    - Configuration cable (RS-232)
    - D-sub connector with screw terminals for serial sub-network
    - Configuration software available for download
    - (Power supply not included)

    OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES:
    -  USB-RS-232 configuration adapter (Order Code: 019570)

    GUARANTEE:  3 years

    For purchasing instructions and terms and conditions, see: How to buy