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.

Say hi to the new Communicator!

Faster data transfer — easier configuration!

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 Communicator - PROFINET

Integrate your serial RS-232/422/485 based industrial devices and equipment to a PROFINET 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 PROFINET. 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 PROFINET 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. 

    Availability: In stock

    Features and benefits

    • Saves machine builders and device manufacturers of integrating a PROFINET interface
    • Allows system integrators to retro-fit older automation devices into modern PROFINET communication structures
    • Requires no hardware or software changes to be made to the connected device
    • Compatible with all PLCs with PROFINET 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 upto 31 nodes via one Communicator giving inexpensive PROFINET network connectivity for your devices
    • Integrated Email client, FTP server and embedded webserver for diagnostics and data visualization 
    • Always free technical support from HMS and our global Anybus Distributors

    Serial 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

    PROFINET interface features

    • Complete PROFINET-IO Soft-Real-Time (RT) communication
    • Max 512 bytes of Input and 512 bytes of Output data
    • Up to 64 slots / 1 sub slot
    • Cyclic data exchange (10 ms cycle time)
    • Acyclic Data exchange (Record Data Requests) 
    • Baud rate 10/100 Mbit/s
    • TCP/IP Configuration via DCP (Discovery and Configuration Protocol)
    • PROFINET uplink configuration via .GSDML file
    • 1x RJ45 network connector 


    Communicator RS-232/422/485

    Protocol Configurable RS-232/422/485 based produce/consume, query/response ASCII
    Max stations 31 (with RS485/422) 
    Baud rate 1,2-57,6 kbit/s
    Physical standards RS232/422/485
    Modbus Commands 0x01 Read Coils, 0x02 Read Discrete Inputs, 0x03 Read Holding Registers, 0x04 Read Input Registers, 0x05 Write Single Coil, 0x06 Write Single Register, 0x07 Read Exception Status, 0x08 Diagnostics, 0x0B Get Comm Event Ctr, 0x0C Get Comm Event Log, 0x0F Write Multiple Coils, 0x10 Write Multiple Registers, 0x11 Report Slave ID, 0x14 Read File Record, 0x15 Write File Record, 0x16 Mask Write Register, 0x17 Read/Write Multiple Registers, 0x18 Read FIFO Queue Customized commands can be created (in the Anybus Configuration Manager)
     DF1 Services 0x01 Integrity Check, 0x02 Read Diagnostics, 0x03 Read Data, 0x04 Write Data Customized services can be created (in the Anybus Configuration Manager) Technical Details Standard



    Dimensions (L x W x H) with serial and power connector 120 x 75 x 27 mm
    4,72 x 2,95  x 1,06''
    Weight 150 grams, 0.33 lb  
    Protection class IP20 Nema rating 1  
    Enclousure material l PC ABS, UL 94  
    Installation position Any  
    Mounting DIN rail (35 * 7,5/15) EN50022



    UL  File number: E203225 UL 508 Ind. Cont. Eq. 
    Hazardous Locations CLASS 1, DIVISION 2, GROUPS A, B, C AND D, T4 ISA 12.12.01
    2004/108/EC EN 61000-6-4
    EN 61000-6-2

    Electrical Characteristics

    24 VDC +/- 10 % 
    Current consumption Max 300 mA, Typical 100 mA


    Environmental Characteristics

    Reverse voltage protection Yes
    Short circuit protection Yes
    Galvanic isolation on subnetwork Yes EN 60950-1
    MTTF >550 000 h Telcordia Issue 2, Method 1 Case 3 at 30 o C



    Operating temp 0 to 55 o C, 32 to 131 o F
    Storage temp -40 to 85 o C, -40 to 185 o F
    Relative Humidity 0-95% non condensing
    Installation altitude up to 2 000 m


    Immunity and emission for industrial environment

    Electrostatic discharge +/- 4 kV EN 61000-4-2
    Electro magnetic RF fields 10 V/m 80 MHz - 1 GHz
    3 V/m 1,4 GHz - 2,0 GHz
    1 V/m 2,0 GHz - 2,7 GHz
    EN 61000-4-3
    Fast Transients  +/- 1 kV EN 61000-4-4 
    Surge protection +/- 1 kV EN 61000-4-5
    RF conducted interference 10 V/rms EN 61000-4-6
    Emission (at 10 m) 40 dB 30 MHz - 230 MHz
    47 dB 30 MHz - 1 GHz
    CISPR 16-2-3

    Ordering Information

    Anybus Communicator PROFINET

    ORDER CODE: AB7013

    - 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)

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

    GUARANTEE:  3 years

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