Comtrol in the Energy Industry

Chemical factoryWithin the energy industry, companies are continuously looking for ways to maximize the use of our finite natural resources. Comtrol Corporation provides several solutions for companies who are looking to increase their efficiency in energy.

Comtrol’s DeviceMaster servers have applications in many different parts of the energy industry. Many of our DeviceMaster servers are in place controlling several different energy systems, including hydraulic fracturing with oil collection, wind power, underwater hydropower, and more. The DeviceMaster has also been used to collect data from energy meters, and monitor oil pipelines.

RocketPort® multiport serial cards provide data collection and control capabilities within systems such as electricity generation and conversion. Customers who have used the Rockeport serial card have seen that the card provides reliable monitoring between substations of electricity generation, and efficient communication between all intelligent electrical devices (IEDs).

Becoming more efficient in the way we harvest energy helps to preserve resources and allows us to successfully distribute every portion of that usable energy with minimal loss. Comtrol is committed to providing high-performance and quality communication, data transmission and connectivity devices for these processes

Spotlight on Comtrol’s RocketPort Products


Comtrol’s RocketPort multiport serial card products make high-performance device connectivity reliable, cost-effective, and easy. We offer a wide variety of port densities, interfaces, surge protection, and rack mount options to fit an array networking needs.

RocketPort EXPRESS is Comtrol’s next generation multi-port serial adapters, upgraded from previous PCI BUS technology. Available in 4-port, 8-port, 16-port, and 32-port densities, with quadcable and octacable fanout cables, these advanced PCIe cards can now be connected via PCIe BUS with increased speed. The EXPRESS design takes advantage of the increased performance of Comtrol’s exclusive Unity ASIC chip.

Every RocketPort serial card features the high-performance RocketPort processor chip, consisting of a dedicated 44MHz core that minimizes host CPU utilization and optimizes data transmission via larger transmit and- receive buffers than those of 16550 UART chips, commonly used in standard PC serial ports and low-end serial cards.


Comtrol in the Broadcast Industry


Broadcast companies like TV networks, radio stations, and Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) have numerous peripheral devices that are crucial to the services that they provide. These companies need a way for their video servers, video switchers, wireless connections, control rooms, and satellites to communicate efficiently, and Comtrol’s product do just that.

The RocketPort® SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) multi-port serial card line by Comtrol Corporation is the most comprehensive line available for the broadcast market, providing numerous solutions to serial device connectivity challenges. Available in 2 port and 8 port densities, the RocketPort® SMPTE has been utilized by broadcasting networks, giving them reliable connectivity to create, control, and distribute unique content.

Another line of products that has been beneficial to the broadcasting industry is Comtrol’s DeviceMaster® serial device servers. The DeviceMaster RTS server product enables browser-based remote port/device monitoring, which has allowed connections between peripheral devices such as cameras and printers, which are usually which are usually located away from the control room.

Comtrol Releases IO-Link Master 4-EIP

IO-Link Master 4-EIP Worldwide Release

Comtrol Corporation has released their newest product, the IO-Link Master 4-EIP for industrial sensor connectivity. The IO-Link Master 4 EIP connects IO-Link sensors to EtherNet/IP and Modbus industrial networks, providing access to IO-Link sensor process, event, and service data.

IO-Link Master 4-EIP

“Comtrol is excited to extend its device communication expertise to digital IO sensors via the IO-Link standard. With our new IO-Link Master products, we can provide factory sensors a direct connection to ERP software systems such as SAP. This direct connection to SAP achieves the goals of Industrie 4.0, or Industrial Internet of Things, for global factory visibility,” says Comtrol’s President Bradford Beale, “Industrial sensor customers will also benefit from using our IO-Link Master due to Comtrol’s support for the widest variety of device manufacturers, whose sensors and actuators can be auto-recognized by our IO-Link Master.”

Read the full release HERE

RocketPort Allows for Versatility in Toll Booths

Tolling Versatility - RocketPort

A tolling company in New Jersey was looking for a new way to connect peripheral devices in their toll booths to the main computer at each booth. They needed a serial port card with faster speeds and a large variety of ports available so that each peripheral device could be connected.



After a complex design and product development phase, Comtrol has officially released the IO-Link Master 4-EIP! It is easily integrated into a system network, and is compatible with existing and new industrial Ethernet installations.  Designed for harsh environments and supporting a wide operating temperature from 0° to 55°C, its machine-mount design uses industrial grade components.


Comtrol NOW | Issue 28

Comtrol NOW | Issue 28

Worldwide Release DeviceMaster UP 16 Modbus



MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – September 11, 2014 - Comtrol Corporation, a leading manufacturer of industrial devices connectivity products, today officially released the DeviceMaster UP 16 Modbus, the newest member of the DeviceMaster UP family of industrial gateways and the industry’s first 16-port high-density Modbus gateway. Featuring Comtrol’s highly advanced Modbus Router firmware, this gateway provides robust connectivity options for environments including factory, warehouse, energy, oil and gas, and transportation where the Modbus protocol is widely used for device and industrial network communications.  READ MORE

Success of IO-Link


Comtrol is helping to spread the industrial IO-Link initiative… who else is using IO-Link?

Customer Solution - ORT


Open Road Tolling for NHDOT – RocketLinx ES8108 enables the E-ZPass ORT system

Redundant Serial Device Monitoring


Whitepaper: Redundant serial device monitoring – a basic single serial device monitored by two PCs… 


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