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 Modbus TCP

Order Code: ABC3028
Modbus RTU Master - Modbus TCP server

Integrate your Modbus RTU based industrial devices and equipment to Modbus TCP control systems without any changes to the device. Just connect, configure and you’re done.

The Anybus Communicator can transfer large amounts of data, is fast to configure thanks to its’ drag and drop web interface and is built on trusted Anybus technology.

communicator-modbus-tcp

FEATURES & BENEFITS

  • Web-based drag and drop configuration interface
  • Transfer up to 1 500 bytes of data in both directions (requires large forward open)
  • -25 to +70 °C industrial temperature range
  • Powered by award winning NP40 network processor
  • Security chip, security switch and secure boot
 

Drag and drop web interface
To make sure you spend as little time as possible to configure the Communicator, we have built a graphical and responsive web-based user interface. No software need to be install, just open your favorite web browser and get started.

 

Transfer up to 1 500 bytes of data
Demand for more data is constantly growing and the Communicator has been equipped to handle the challenge. It can transfer 1 500 bytes from the PLC to the Gateway and 1 500 bytes from the gateway to the PLC, 3 000 bytes in total (requires large forward open). Support for up to 150 Modbus commands means even complex configurations with multiple nodes can be handled with ease.

 

Industrial temperature range
An industrial operating temperature range of -25 to +70 °C ensure the Communicator can excel under harsh conditions.

 

Powered by proven NP40 technology
The Communicator is built on the award-winning and proven Anybus NP40 network processor. With hundreds of thousands NP40:s used in Embedded applications across the world, it is the industry benchmark for reliable industrial communication.

 

Security switch
Even with sophisticated security measures, human error is still the main cause of security breaches. To simplify security, we added a physical security switch on the Communicator. It locks your configuration and prevent any access to the web-based configuration interface. Just flip it when your configuration is done and watch the padlock LED on the product light up.

 

Security chip and secure boot
To meet current and future security challenges, the Communicator is equipped with the latest Anybus security chip. Secure boot ensures the firmware has not been tampered with.

 

Ethernet configuration port
With a dedicated Ethernet configuration port you don’t need any special configuration cable. In addition, it is easy to connect to the gateway to monitor network traffic.

 

Optimized for DIN-rail mounting
The slim form factor, front facing network connectors, screw in serial cable connector and the neat cable tie ensure it is fast and simple to install and connect the Communicator. 

 

Diagnostics
When you open the Communicator web interface you immediately see the status of the EtherNet/IP connection and serial connection. You can even see the status of individual serial nodes. It’s also equipped with a serial log and an event log for further analysis.

 

Support
Sometimes you run into a problem where you need help. That’s why we have included a support page in the user interface with contact information. There is even a button to generate a support package to simplify troubleshooting.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

General

Dimensions (L x W x H) with serial and power connector 144 x 27 x 98 mm
5,67 x 1.06 x 3.85 in
Weight 150 grams, 0.33 lb
Buttons and switches Reset button and security switch
LEDs Gateway, Serial and EtherNet/IP status
IP rating IP20, NEMA rating 1
Housing material PC ABS, UL 94 VO
Mounting DIN rail (35 * 7,5/15), EN50022

 

 

Environment

Operating temperature -25 to 70° C, -13 to 158° F
Storage temperature -40 to 85° C, -40 to 185° F
Relative humidity 0-95% non condensing
Installation altitude Up to 2 000 m

 

 

POWER

Input voltage 12 - 30 VDC
Current consumption Typical: 160 mA @ 24V
Max: 400 mA @ 12V
Power connector 3-pole Phoenix plug
Protection Reverse voltage protection and short circuit protection

 

 

Serial RS232/485 port

Ports 1 x RS232/RS485
Baud rate 1200 bps to 128 kbps
Max stations 31
Isolation Galvanic isolation 
Connector 7-pole Phoenix connector 
Max nodes 31

 

modbus RTU

Modes Master
Functions supported 1, 2,3, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 22, 23
Max number of commands
150
Input data size 1 500 bytes
Output data size. 1 500 bytes

 

modbus TCP

Modes Server
Max number of connections
4
Input data size 1 500 bytes
Output data size. 1 500 bytes

 

 

ethernet ports

Ports 2 x Ethernet  
Isolation Galvanic isolation
Bitrate 10/100 Mbit full duplex
Connector RJ45
Switch. Dual port cut-through switch

 

certifications and standards

UL CULUS 
CE 2014/30/EU
EMC

EN 61000-6-2
EN 61000-4-2
EN 61000-4-3
EN 61000-4-4
EN 61000-4-5
EN 61000-4-6
EN 61000-6-4
EN 55032

Environment

IEC 60068-2-1 Ab
IEC 60068-2-2 Bb
IEC 60068-2-1 Ab
IEC 60068-2-2 Bb
IEC 60068-2-14 Nb
IEC 60068-2-30 Db
IEC 60068-2-78 Cab
IEC 60068-2-78 Cab

Vibration and shock

IEC 60068-2-27
IEC 60068-2-6

Waste certification WEE

 

 

configuration

Configuration software Web based configuration 
Configuration ports Dedicated 10/100 Mbit RJ45 Ethernet configuration port and EtherNet/IP ports

 

 

security

Secure boot Ensures software authenticity 
Security switch Physical switch that enable/disable access to the web based configuration interface

 

 

product packaging

Content Gateway, power connector, serial connector, start-up guide, compliance information sheet 
Box material Cardboard

Ordering Information 

ORDER CODE: ABC3028 

WARRANTY:  3 years

What’s included:
- Product
- Serial connector
- Power connector
- Installation guide
- Compliance sheet

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

Anybus Communicator CAN 

Select the network version 

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

Communicator-protocols-can

Anybus Communicator Modbus TCP

Order Code: ABC3028
Modbus RTU Master - Modbus TCP server

Integrate your Modbus RTU based industrial devices and equipment to Modbus TCP control systems without any changes to the device. Just connect, configure and you’re done.

The Anybus Communicator can transfer large amounts of data, is fast to configure thanks to its’ drag and drop web interface and is built on trusted Anybus technology.

communicator-modbus-tcp

FEATURES & BENEFITS

  • Web-based drag and drop configuration interface
  • Transfer up to 1 500 bytes of data in both directions (requires large forward open)
  • -25 to +70 °C industrial temperature range
  • Powered by award winning NP40 network processor
  • Security chip, security switch and secure boot
 

Drag and drop web interface
To make sure you spend as little time as possible to configure the Communicator, we have built a graphical and responsive web-based user interface. No software need to be install, just open your favorite web browser and get started.

 

Transfer up to 1 500 bytes of data
Demand for more data is constantly growing and the Communicator has been equipped to handle the challenge. It can transfer 1 500 bytes from the PLC to the Gateway and 1 500 bytes from the gateway to the PLC, 3 000 bytes in total (requires large forward open). Support for up to 150 Modbus commands means even complex configurations with multiple nodes can be handled with ease.

 

Industrial temperature range
An industrial operating temperature range of -25 to +70 °C ensure the Communicator can excel under harsh conditions.

 

Powered by proven NP40 technology
The Communicator is built on the award-winning and proven Anybus NP40 network processor. With hundreds of thousands NP40:s used in Embedded applications across the world, it is the industry benchmark for reliable industrial communication.

 

Security switch
Even with sophisticated security measures, human error is still the main cause of security breaches. To simplify security, we added a physical security switch on the Communicator. It locks your configuration and prevent any access to the web-based configuration interface. Just flip it when your configuration is done and watch the padlock LED on the product light up.

 

Security chip and secure boot
To meet current and future security challenges, the Communicator is equipped with the latest Anybus security chip. Secure boot ensures the firmware has not been tampered with.

 

Ethernet configuration port
With a dedicated Ethernet configuration port you don’t need any special configuration cable. In addition, it is easy to connect to the gateway to monitor network traffic.

 

Optimized for DIN-rail mounting
The slim form factor, front facing network connectors, screw in serial cable connector and the neat cable tie ensure it is fast and simple to install and connect the Communicator. 

 

Diagnostics
When you open the Communicator web interface you immediately see the status of the EtherNet/IP connection and serial connection. You can even see the status of individual serial nodes. It’s also equipped with a serial log and an event log for further analysis.

 

Support
Sometimes you run into a problem where you need help. That’s why we have included a support page in the user interface with contact information. There is even a button to generate a support package to simplify troubleshooting.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

General

Dimensions (L x W x H) with serial and power connector 144 x 27 x 98 mm
5,67 x 1.06 x 3.85 in
Weight 150 grams, 0.33 lb
Buttons and switches Reset button and security switch
LEDs Gateway, Serial and EtherNet/IP status
IP rating IP20, NEMA rating 1
Housing material PC ABS, UL 94 VO
Mounting DIN rail (35 * 7,5/15), EN50022

 

 

Environment

Operating temperature -25 to 70° C, -13 to 158° F
Storage temperature -40 to 85° C, -40 to 185° F
Relative humidity 0-95% non condensing
Installation altitude Up to 2 000 m

 

 

POWER

Input voltage 12 - 30 VDC
Current consumption Typical: 160 mA @ 24V
Max: 400 mA @ 12V
Power connector 3-pole Phoenix plug
Protection Reverse voltage protection and short circuit protection

 

 

Serial RS232/485 port

Ports 1 x RS232/RS485
Baud rate 1200 bps to 128 kbps
Max stations 31
Isolation Galvanic isolation 
Connector 7-pole Phoenix connector 
Max nodes 31

 

modbus RTU

Modes Master
Functions supported 1, 2,3, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 22, 23
Max number of commands
150
Input data size 1 500 bytes
Output data size. 1 500 bytes

 

modbus TCP

Modes Server
Max number of connections
4
Input data size 1 500 bytes
Output data size. 1 500 bytes

 

 

ethernet ports

Ports 2 x Ethernet  
Isolation Galvanic isolation
Bitrate 10/100 Mbit full duplex
Connector RJ45
Switch. Dual port cut-through switch

 

certifications and standards

UL CULUS 
CE 2014/30/EU
EMC

EN 61000-6-2
EN 61000-4-2
EN 61000-4-3
EN 61000-4-4
EN 61000-4-5
EN 61000-4-6
EN 61000-6-4
EN 55032

Environment

IEC 60068-2-1 Ab
IEC 60068-2-2 Bb
IEC 60068-2-1 Ab
IEC 60068-2-2 Bb
IEC 60068-2-14 Nb
IEC 60068-2-30 Db
IEC 60068-2-78 Cab
IEC 60068-2-78 Cab

Vibration and shock

IEC 60068-2-27
IEC 60068-2-6

Waste certification WEE

 

 

configuration

Configuration software Web based configuration 
Configuration ports Dedicated 10/100 Mbit RJ45 Ethernet configuration port and EtherNet/IP ports

 

 

security

Secure boot Ensures software authenticity 
Security switch Physical switch that enable/disable access to the web based configuration interface

 

 

product packaging

Content Gateway, power connector, serial connector, start-up guide, compliance information sheet 
Box material Cardboard

Ordering Information 

ORDER CODE: ABC3028 

WARRANTY:  3 years

What’s included:
- Product
- Serial connector
- Power connector
- Installation guide
- Compliance sheet

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