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Distribution Center Enabled Via Modbus Communication

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Distribution Center Communication

With the continued growth of online shopping, one large online retailer was interested in improving their operations within their distribution center locations. This online retailer turned to Comtrol when they learned of the DeviceMaster UP’s ability to support Master-to-Master communication. Traditionally, Modbus communication takes place between a master and a slave; the master gives out the command, and the slave answers back with the necessary information: weight, size, temperature, etc. Although many industry experts believed Master-to-Master communication wasn’t possible, Comtrol has discovered a way!

Distribution Center Communication

Through the purchase of Comtrol’s DeviceMaster UP 2-Port 1E Modbus, the DeviceMasters support multiple functions within the distribution center, including a scanning, labeling, and printing process. Orders are weighed before they receive their appropriate shipping label, and to ensure accuracy, the DeviceMasters communicate with one another sending information regarding the size, weight, contents, etc. to ensure the package is receiving the correct shipping label.

Impressed with the improvements in their distribution center, the large integration project was given the go ahead and is now being implemented in additional warehouses in Europe, North America, and Canada.

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Creative Solutions for Industrial Automation

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Industrial Automation

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

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DeviceMaster’s Security

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.

DeviceMaster’s Security

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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Custom DeviceMaster for Product Organization

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Custom DeviceMaster

A large company approached Comtrol with a tricky situation. Because the client’s primary business required the rapid and efficient movement of merchandise, they were continuously sorting thousands of barcode labels every day. The client’s current sorting platforms could not process any barcodes longer than 10-digits, and with such large volumes of barcodes, they needed a way to upgrade their system. This urgent need for a cost efficient and timely solution brought the company to Comtrol Corporation.

Comtrol was able to design and implement a custom solution for this client. Using a DeviceMaster UP, Comtrol created custom message routing, custom diagnostic and configuration pages, and full documentation on the custom product.

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DeviceMaster UP: SmartPapers – PLC to Floor Device Connectivity

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DeviceMaster UP
DeviceMaster UPFor most organizations employing sophisticated automation systems for manufacturing, distribution, and warehousing have historically been hampered by technical and feasibility issues connecting plant floor devices to PLCs within the enterprise due to incompatibility with industrial automation control systems.

This communication problem is solved with the DeviceMaster UP.

When Smart Papers, a leading commercial paper manufacturer, set the goal to improve finished product quality assurance and gain more detailed manufacturing lot information using existing infrastructure, they chose the DeviceMaster UP.  It worked perfectly with their EtherNet/IP network, which extended commercial off-the-shelf Ethernet to the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP™), and upper layer protocol fully compatible with standard TCP/IP protocols such as HTTP and SNMP.  CIP allows EtherNet/IP product developers, system integrators and users to apply the same objects and profiles for plug-and-play interoperability among devices from multiple vendors and in multiple sub-nets.  EtherNet/IP provides manufacturers with a proven and future-proof Ethernet network solution, one that incorporates all the advantages that have made Ethernet and internet technologies ubiquitous and essential in office applications, while delivering interoperable, open network products that are supported by a vast network of vendors worldwide.

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Private Modbus Serial Bus Functionality via DeviceMaster® UP Modbus Router

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Modbus Installations

Security and visibility are becoming increasingly important in today’s Modbus installations. Engineers are being asked to provide more visibility to Modbus installations, and at the same time, are also being asked to keep devices secure from unauthorized access and errant configuration changes. To make things more challenging, they are also being asked to do more with existing equipment. And let’s not forget the all-too-common limited budgets and tight schedules.

DeviceMaster UP Modbus Installations

So, how does one add a SCADA or HMI system to an existing Modbus network without compromising the security of existing Modbus devices? How does one design a Modbus installation that limits control of Modbus slave devices to a single Modbus master and yet can provide status information from those same device(s)? How does one add additional equipment quickly, easily and economically? And how does one maintain such an installation once it is operational? That is not easy – unless if you have a DeviceMaster UP running Modbus Router.

At Comtrol, we are constantly looking for innovative ways to help solve such challenges. Unique and extensive functionally designed to solve the most difficult problems with ease-of-use, robustness, and maintainability – that is what we are all about.

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DeviceMaster® UP Modbus Router – Shared Memory, Controller to Controller Communication

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Modbus Controllers

Today’s Modbus installations are becoming increasingly complex.  More and more installations are requiring the use of multiple Modbus controllers, and the need to share information between the controllers is becoming increasingly important.

DeviceMaster Modbus Controllers

Sharing information between Modbus controllers can be relatively easy if one controller can communicate as a master (or client) and the other as a slave (or server). The master controller simply sends a message to the slave controller and the slave responds.  However, what do you do when each controller can only be configured as a master?

The DeviceMaster UP, running with the Modbus Router firmware, provides master-to-master connectivity using a configurable Shared Memory sub-system.  The Shared Memory sub-system features eight Holding Register blocks containing 200 registers each, and eight coil blocks containing 160 coils each.  Write access for each Shared Memory block can be either enabled for all masters or restricted to a single master.  Write messages that are addressed to restricted block(s) from unauthorized master(s) are rejected, logged, and displayed in the Write Violation Log web page.

Additional web pages provide configuration, diagnostics, and status information for the Shared Memory blocks.

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For more information about DeviceMaster UP or Modbus Solutions, please contact sales@comtrol.com or 800.926.6876

Customer Solution: Industrial Brewery Production and Diagnostics

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A major American brewing company was in need of a solution for its production facilities that could network multiple production processes together  and be able to withstand temperatures in excess of 140°F without failing. Multiple controllers and production machines needed to be seamlessly connected, and it had to work flawlessly.  After extensive research and testing, the company chose to deploy Comtrol’s DeviceMaster® UP.

Loaded with Modbus/TCP firmware, the DeviceMaster UP provides the brewery a flexible, easy-to-use and highly robust solution.  Controllers include SCADA systems communicating over Modbus/TCP and PLCs communicating via Modbus/TCP, serial Modbus/RTU or serial Modbus/ACSII.  The production machines communicate via ASCII data, Modbus/RTU or Modbus/ASCII.  Further complicating the situation, the ASCII data machines need to communicate to each controller independently.

The DeviceMaster UP seamlessly networks the controllers to the production machines. The automatic Modbus protocol conversion functionality enables multiple Modbus controllers to communicate to the serial Modbus machines.  The industry’s first command/response mode enables multiple controllers to independently communicate to the ASCII production machines.

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Product Spotlight: DeviceMaster® UP

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The DeviceMaster UP industrial Ethernet gateways are designed to provide EtherNet/IP, Modbus/TCP, Modbus RTU/ASCII, and PROFINET PLC connectivity to a wide variety of devices.

Advanced features include:

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  • Protocol Flexibility – EtherNet/IP, Modbus/TCP, PROFINET IO
  • DualConnectPlus™ Technology – connect raw/ASCII devices (serial and/or Ethernet) to PLCs and/or applications simultaneously.  String, RFID, and barcode data filtering eliminates redundant data while extracting the RFID and barcode parameters
  • Web-based Configuration – makes configuration changes quick and easy
  • Diagnostic Capabilities – informative message logs, communication, and status pages
  • Unique protocol-specific features – Peer-to-Peer Modbus/TCP, Write-to-Tag EtherNet/IP, etc.
  • Temperature rated for extreme conditions 
  • Rugged Housing – with panel, rack and DIN rail mounting options
  • PortVision™ Plus – remote monitoring and management software to automatically locate DeviceMaster UPs on the network, enable user to view status, update firmware and resolve issues remotely
  • …and more!

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Energy Substation Surveillance & Power Monitoring

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With rising value of scrap metal and struggling economies throughout the world, theft of copper and other materials is on the rise.  Surveillance is increasing at energy substations, power plants and other critical infrastructure locations in attempt to deter thieves from cashing in stolen copper wiring, aluminum doors and other materials at scrap yards or metal melting facilities.

Comtrol and a few other companies have collaborated to create a solar-powered security system to monitor critical infrastructure around the world.  The system is responsible for monitoring the power grid and establishing surveillance to prevent material theft and protect critical operations.  As seen in the diagram, security cameras in each location record live feed from the grounds to send via Ethernet to Comtrol’s RocketLinx® ES8105 industrial Ethernet switch.  The data travels via Ethernet to a wireless bridge, which communicates the data to a remote control center network.

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