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DeviceMaster Simplifies Direct Monitoring and Control for Multiple Substations

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Supplying electric services to over one million customers is no easy feat, but one U.S. energy company was able to do so thanks to Comtrol’s DeviceMaster RTS 16-port.

Connecting the DeviceMaster RTS to relays and RTUs (remote terminal units) gave this company control over each substation by connecting numerous devices, and gaining real-time monitoring access and control over data from each station. The information that is collected by the DeviceMaster is communicated directly to the central station by Ethernet.

The DeviceMaster RTS family of serial device servers enables browser-based remote port/device monitoring and configuration. Available in a variety of port sizes,
DeviceMaster RTS can simplify maintenance, reduce cost-of-ownership, and translate savings and efficiencies to your company’s bottom line!

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Communication Solutions for Traffic Monitoring

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Every day we rely on traffic control technology to keep our commutes safe.  Traffic lights, railroad systems and subway systems need reliable connectivity for proper functioning. But how can you ensure reliable connectivity?

The Iowa Department of Transportation was recently updating their traffic intersection monitoring systems, and was looking for a way to enable communication between cameras, battery backups, priority preemption systems, traffic controllers and other components that make a traffic light function. Comtrol’s RocketLinx ES8510-XT was put in place to provide reliable communication, while also relaying data back to the traffic management systems.IowaDOT

The RocketLinx ES8510-XT is an industrial Ethernet switch that provides rugged connectivity solutions for industrial Ethernet networks and systems such as  traffic intersection management. Along with having IP31-grade protection for rugged, harsh environments, these switches are designed to provide dependable networking solutions.

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Meeting Safety Standards by Remote Communication

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What happens when hazardous locations make safety and health standards difficult to comply with? How is one supposed to make an area safe to work in, when they cannot physically fix the problem at hand? How is one supposed to make an area safe to work in, when they cannot physically fix the problem at hand?

One such problem occurs when mining operations need to continue after a mine has been closed. The ground around the mine is weak and hazardous, and the mine must be filled in order to ensure safety.

A laser movement technology designer used Comtrol’s DeviceMaster Freewire to create laser based measurement system. This laser measurement system, called The Void Scanner (or VS150), asses the volume and the layout of the void, giving the technology designer and its customers a 3D view of the mine, and the ability to determine the exact amount of material that is needed to fill the void. Once that amount is known, VS150 can facilitate boom deployment, and provide a safer mining environment

DeviceMaster Freewire is a wireless serial bridge featuring 802.11b/g wireless communications with option of direct 10/100 Ethernet connection. It is a flexible, secure, rugged, and compatible wireless device server.

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Industry Highlight: Government

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The government is increasingly implementing new projects and military-based operations, especially as advances in technology continue. Several of Comtrol’s products have been beneficial to our government sectors.

Comtrol’s RocketLinx®industrial managed and Power over Ethernet switches have capabilities to provide power and essential networking connectivity to vital components of complex security networks. RocketLinx has supported and improved the training of military soldiers by enabling PoE Ethernet and fiber connections between IP cameras and the monitoring room.

Our DeviceMaster® device servers have facilitated multiple-location data transmission and complex sensor system coordination for military simulator training systems and unmanned vehicle (UMV) control designed for autonomous military operations.

Comtrol’s RocketPort® serial cards provide system expansion and connectivity in applications including military biological detection systems and peripheral device connectivity onboard unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and Air Force One.

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Traffic Solutions with RocketLinx

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For traffic and transportation companies requiring reliable high power devices, look no further than Comtrol’s RocketLinx Series of Industrial Ethernet switches and Power over Ethernet switches. Designed for applications like traffic control, which requires extended operating temperatures and remote access, RocketLinx can meet the performance Insidetrafficecabinet_RocketLinxand environmental demands that the
industry requires.

With both managed and unmanaged models available, the RocketLinx series of switches provide cost-effective networking solutions delivering the industry’s best rugged Ethernet switch technologies. RocketLinx also offers features such as remote reboot, powerful web configuration, and Comtrol’s PortVision DX software – which allows you to remotely access, manage, and configure RocketLinx units from a single application. Traffic and transportation companies utilize these features for freeway traffic management and intersection monitoring, where devices are often difficult to reach directly. Along with having IP31 grade protection for rugged, harsh environments, these switches provide dependable networking solutions for a variety of applications.

Available in port sizes ranging from 4 to 24, and designed with rugged, drip-proof housings, redundant power inputs and performance command-line interfaces, RocketLinx switches and Power over Ethernet switches provide reliable networking solutions.

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Improve Diagnostics and Reduce Wiring for Sensors and Actuators with IO-Link

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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

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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

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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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Worldwide Release: IO-Link Master DR-8-EIP

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PART NUMBER: 99590-6

 

  • Eight channel IO-Link Master to EtherNet/IP™ with additional digital inputs on every port
  • Screw terminal connectors for IO-Link, Power, and Digital IO
  • Two DI/DO ports and two DI ports
  • EtherNet/IP™ and Modbus TCP access to IO-Link process, event, and service data
  • EtherNet/IP™ Class 1 (Implicit) and Class 3 (Explicit) interfaces
  • IP20 DIN rail mount enclosure


The newest addition to the Comtrol line of the IO-Link Master products, the DR-8-EIP, enables plug and play communication of up to eight intelligent IO-Link devices to EtherNet/IP™ and Modbus TCP networks deployed across factory and industrial environments.

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For more information or to request an evaluation unit, contact sales@comtrol.com or 763.957.6000

 


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