Improve Diagnostics and Reduce Wiring for Sensors and Actuators with IO-Link
IO-Link, the first standardized IO technology for communication with sensors and actuators, is a powerful point-to-point communication based on the long established 3-wire sensor and actuator connection. In addition to working smoothly in any control system, IO-Link encompasses features that give you better diagnostics and can reduce wiring for your devices.
IO-Link gateways allow you to connect multiple smart devices via one IP address, saving you time and money in installation time.
With IO-Link, you can reduce the time needed to fix a broken sensor. Say a sensor fails. If you have a large control system, it may take a while for that sensor to be found. Then when it is found, it may be difficult to reach. IO-Link gives you all the information you need to find and fix that sensor, including diagnostics of the process control system, remote programming, and even custom replacements that can be done automatically. Comtrol’s IO-Link Masters provide diagnostics about both sides of a given connection; you will get information about the IO-Link connection that is running from the IO-link master to the end device and you will get detailed information about the industrial data protocol.
The ability to do remote parameterization can be combined with the support for remote diagnostics. Troubleshooting and fixing problems with a system can all be done remotely.Additionally, for those processes or systems where a “recipe” architecture is appropriate, IO-Link sensors and actuators can be remotely parameterized by the PLC in bulk via a simple selector switch or other minimal operator action. This powerful feature could be used to maximize quality or increase duty cycle via extended capital versatility without the burden of reconfiguring each device one at a time.
IO-Link is the further development of the existing, tried-and-tested connection technology for sensors and actuators, which can be easily integrated into a system network with existing and new industrial Ethernet installations. Come and see why you should implement IO Link in your system today.
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Creative Solutions for Industrial Automation
In an industry as unique as industrial automation, it can be difficult to find the products to fit your business’ needs. Comtrol’s products have many applications in the industrial space. Our DeviceMaster UP, RocketLinx Industrial Ethernet switches, and IO-Link Masters have been utilized in manufacturing and distribution centers, connecting multiple production processes, and in making efficient applications run seamlessly.
With its feature rich options, Comtrol’s DeviceMaster UP provides EtherNet/IP™, Modbus/TCP, Modbus RTU/ASCII, and PROFINET connectivity to a wide variety of devices. Easily connect your PLCs to serial and Ethernet TCP/IP devices such as barcode scanners, RFID readers, weigh scales, vision systems, printers, encoders, and sensors. DeviceMaster UP has been used in many industrial automation settings to improve the efficiency of assembly lines, communication between different automated systems, and more.
The RocketLinx Industrial Ethernet switches are designed to meet the performance and environmental demands for applications requiring extended operating temperatures, rugged housings and high performance and reliability. With both managed and unmanaged models available, the RocketLinx ES series of switches provide cost-effective networking solutions delivering the industry’s best Ethernet switch technologies.
Offering advanced industrial protocol gateways such as IO-Link masters, to ruggedized Ethernet and PoE switches, power supplies, and media converters, Comtrol has a solution for your industrial manufacturing application.
DeviceMaster’s Security Features
Recent data security breaches have put an emphasis on security. Customers of the medical, financial, and government industries have increasing worries that their confidential information may be stolen. Comtrol’s DeviceMaster RTS, PRO, and Serial Hubs enable secure data communication across connected serial devices.
Comtrol’s DeviceMaster family of products offer the enhanced security features of SSL and SSH encryption. With these additions, DeviceMaster is able to effectively serve an even greater range of roles, reliably enabling serial to Ethernet communications while protecting sensitive data.
For users with demanding security requirements, there are two options that the DeviceMaster can provide. The first involves a free software download from Comtrol’s website called Secure Port Redirector. This software creates COM ports that redirect data between the host application and DeviceMaster using encrypted SSL data streams. For the second option, DeviceMaster can itself be locked down, giving full control over communication ports to administrators only.
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Comtrol’s RocketModem Multi-Modem Cards
Comtrol’s RocketModem multi-modem cards facilitate a wide variety of remote access applications, including; fax capabilities, dial-out access to ISPs, mobile workers, telecommuters, and corporate LAN or intranet.
Available in 4- and 8-port models, the RocketModem card design supports 3.3 and 5.0 Volt PCI bus architectures, which ensure compatibility with multiple current popular operating systems. Its I/O mapping capabilities simplify installation, eliminate memory conflicts, and enable plug-and-play compatibility for its users.
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Connecting the Medical Industry
Constantly changing as technology and regulations increase, the medical industry maintains strict quality demands. The cost and complexity of medical and FDA certifications, also add to the difficulty of ensuring equipment and procedures consistently meet standards. Comtrol provides reliable communication solutions while ensuring lasting product stability for medical manufacturers.
DeviceMaster® device servers are used in a wide variety of communication and data collection applications, such as establishing the software bridge between medical facilities; patient rooms and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system server locations. For example, one medical management company has integrated Comtrol’s DeviceMaster RTS into their software program process, creating a seamless data transfer. This software program gives hospitals a cost-effective way to collect, store and synchronize data from a large list of medical devices.
Our RocketPort® serial cards and hubs provide essential connectivity between peripheral devices and equipment to ensure precision and reliability for medical processes, anywhere from eyeglass lens fitting to vital sign monitoring.
Comtrol’s connectivity solutions for the medical industry ensure that equipment and procedures meet the industry’s regulations and quality demands.
Adapting Legacy Systems and Controlling Multiple Substations
Outdated modem systems can cause problems when companies are looking connect legacy and new devices to a central office. One international software company found that the protocols needed for old modems were no longer congruent with their new system.
Comtrol’s DeviceMaster RTS 32-port device server provided connectivity for the modems, allowing the central office to communicate data to remote substations. To utilize the old modem systems, Comtrol created a custom RTS feature which mimicked the protocols needed to work with the legacy modems.
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Comtrol in the Hospitality Industry
Quick and effective service is absolutely essential for a hotel to bring customers back again and again. Comtrol’s Ethernet switches, device servers, and serial cards provide reliable connectivity service to the hospitality industry. Numerous hotel companies have integrated Comtrol’s Rocketport multi-port serial cards, DeviceMaster, and Rocketport USB serial hub products when installing their corporate and property management software, and equipment like phone systems, keyless locks, on-site POS systems, and more.
Whether device connections are serial, USB, wireless, Ethernet, or a combination of the three, Comtrol’s products provide excellent connectivity solutions. From the DeviceMaster serial servers to the RocketPort cards and hubs, and from the RocketLinx Ethernet and Power over Ethernet switches, the comprehensive product lines that Comtrol has to offer overcome even some of the most complex connectivity challenges.
Uploading Firmware via PortVision ® DX
PortVision ® DX is Comtrol Corporation’s management software included with all DeviceMaster, IO-Link Master, and managed RocketLinx switch products. This free software allows you to configure network settings, upload firmware, manage and monitor Comtrol Ethernet-attached devices within one application. PortVision DX detects Comtrol Ethernet-attached devices, eliminating the complicated patchwork of separate drivers, web interfaces and proprietary software typically needed to deploy a network of industrial communication devices.
The user guide provides information for the following topics:
- Installing PortVision DX
- Locating the latest installation and configuration documentation
- User interface
- Managing the view in PortVision DX
- Network configuration
- Uploading firmware
- Using the Software Settings tab
- Accessing configuration web pages
- Using configuration files
- Resetting to factory defaults
- Using Telnet SSH sessions within PortVision DX
- Accessing other applications from PortVision DX
- Changing PortVision DX options
- Logging events
- Using the LED Tracker
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