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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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Comtrol in the Energy Industry

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Energy Industry

Within 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.
Energy Industry
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

Comtrol in the Broadcast Industry

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Broadcast Industry

The broadcast industry is made up of 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.

Broadcast Industry

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 NOW | Issue 28

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Comtrol NOW | Issue 28


Worldwide Release DeviceMaster UP 16 Modbus

NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT

COMTROL INTRODUCES DEVICEMASTER UP 16 MODBUS GATEWAY

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

SUCCESS OF IO-LINK

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

Customer Solution - ORT

CUSTOMER SOLUTION

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

Redundant Serial Device Monitoring

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


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Worldwide Release: DeviceMaster UP 16 Modbus

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DeviceMaster UP 16 Modbus

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Comtrol is introducing the DeviceMaster UP 16 Modbus compact Modbus gateway designed to provide serial and network communication between a vast array of Modbus controllers and devices.  Simplified configuration pages, comprehensive connectivity options, and informative diagnostics make for quick and easy set-up of even the most complex Modbus installations.

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For more information or to request an evaluation unit, contact [email protected] or 763.957.6000


 

Customer Solution – Parking Automation

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RocketLinx ES8105With extensive growth of automobile travel in the United States, the efficiency and reliability of parking automation is critical. It is necessary for customers to experience a streamlined and intuitive process when entering and exiting parking areas. The efforts to create this experience involve multiple components and processes; the gate arm, card reader, ticket printer, sensors, and fee calculator must be able to seamlessly communicate in order for a parking gate to work properly.

One company that has been on the forefront of innovation in the parking automation industry in the United States has been using Comtrol’s legacy DeviceMaster RTS 1-Port Serial-to-Ethernet gateway technology for an extensive period of time, and to great effect. However, this company has recently decided to upgrade their parking automation systems using Ethernet communication. As a result, the DeviceMaster RTS products must be replaced with industrial Ethernet switches.

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DeviceMaster UP: SmartPapers – PLC to Floor Device Connectivity

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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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Security Spotlight: Access Control

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Access Control

Though Comtrol devices have had a consistent presence in the security market, many of Comtrol’s switches and gateways are used – and even specifically designed – for access control.

RocketLinx ACS7106

The RocketLinx ACS7106 is the industry’s first UL294/UL294B listed PoE switch that meets all state and local government requirements for access control installations. It is certified with Siemens and HID access control products, and features voltage boost technology (12-24VDC input power) for easy integration with fire/alarm/access control power systems.

What is UL294?

UL294 is the standard of safety for Access Control System units that all access control systems must meet. UL294B is a new subset of the UL294 standard, specifically for the use of Power over Ethernet (PoE) in access control systems where PoE is the primary power source.  These PoE devices are required to remain working normally through multiple rigorous tests in hazardous conditions in order to obtain the UL294B certification.  These tests consist of voltage/electrical variation, humidity, jarring, mechanical strength, temperature tests, etc.

Door Access Control System – DeviceMaster RTS

 

Access Control

Access control can be used in a variety of different ways from a lock on a car door, to a PIN on an ATM system, to a door control reader granting or denying access to a building.

In the door control industry a credential, such as a badge containing an RFID tag, is presented to a reader. The reader sends the information to a control panel, a highly reliable processor, and compares the credential’s information to an access control list and either grants or denies that person access to the building.

Within these access control applications there is a need to bridge the serial communication of the door controller into the network. Comtrol’s DeviceMaster RTS has been used to create this bridge in many different door control applications. The DeviceMaster RTS takes the serial information from the door controller, converts it and communicates to the control panel via Ethernet.

Companies rely on reliable and accurate access control to provide the safety and confidentiality that they need for their employees. The DeviceMaster RTS makes a good fit for door control applications because of its software-selectable RS-232/422/485 communication modes, ease-of –use and reliability.

Industrial Surveillance with Axis Communications – RocketLinx PoE

surveillance

Establish consistent industrial surveillance through network camera control

Securing property such as manufacturing facilities and perimeters is essential to any industrial company’s asset protection system. Ideally, personnel would be monitoring the property consistently. However, combining essential pieces of equipment to form a comprehensive security system customizable to your surveillance needs provides a cost-effective solution to protecting valuable goods from theft.

Providing network video security solutions to a surveillance system can improve loss prevention by:

  • Automatically capture video when a perimeter is breached
  • Placing surveillance in areas not accessible to personnel
  • Accessing real-time video, even from remote locations
  • Identifying potential intruders

Using industrial outdoor cameras or network cameras with pan, tilt and zoom features in conjunction with Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches to control a security system greatly increases opportunities to utilize power and communication.

Industrial security monitoring

A surveillance system comprised of Axis cameras and Comtrol’s PoE switches provide benefits such as providing automatic alerts when someone enters a perimeter or restricted area, night vision and thermal images, HDTV-quality video images, and real-time access to live and recorded images. Axis’ easy-to-install, outdoor ready cameras and Comtrol’s ruggedized switches with drip-proof housings, redundant power inputs and performance command-line interfaces, combine to provide reliable networking solutions for industrial security monitoring.

Comtrol’s Technology Specifications

Comtrol’s RocketLinx Power over Ethernet switches feature:

  • Rugged, industrial-grade PoE switches
  • IEEE 802.3af and IEEE 802.3at PoE and PoE Plus models
  • Managed and unmanaged models
  • Feature DIN-rail, panel, and rack mount designs
  • Compatible with all Axis PoE camera models

 

Comtrol NOW | Issue 25

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DeviceMaster LT16

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COMTROL launches DeviceMaster LT16 – secure device server for serial to Ethernet device communication

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — March 20, 2014 — Comtrol Corporation, a leading manufacturer of industrial device connectivity products, today released the DeviceMaster LT16, a highly secure, compact device server for easy integration of serial communication devices into LAN, Internet, or cloud-based systems. 

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