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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.

Uploading Firmware via PortVision ® DX

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PortVision ® DX

PortVision ® DX is Comtrol Corporation’s management software included with all DeviceMasterIO-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.

PortVision ® DX


  PortVision DX

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
  • Troubleshooting
  • Using the LED Tracker

Click here for more information on PortVision DX

PortVision DX Application




IO-Link Resources

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IO-Link Resources

As Comtrol has been designated as the North American Competency Center for IO-Link, we are in the process of building our online resources.

IO-Link Competence Center

Please check back as more resources will be made available!

Comtrol Releases IO-Link Master 4-EIP

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IO-Link Master 4-EIP

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 Worldwide Release

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


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IO-Link Master 4-EIP

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.



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IO-Link Protocol

The IO-Link protocol is a powerful standard, and it has had an increasing influence on the device networking industry in recent years. According to a study conducted by Quest TechnoMarketing, referenced in an article from Profibus, 47% of machine manufacturing companies are expected to be using IO-Link technology by 2016. Furthermore, IO-Link has been implemented into the systems of nearly all PLC manufacturers. Fourteen fieldbus systems, along with the majority of sensor and actuator manufacturers, have followed suit.

IO-Link Master EtherNet/IP Comtrol


Comtrol Chosen for North America’s IO-Link Competency Centers

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IO-Link Competency Centers

With increased developments in IO-Link technology, the need for Competency Centers has grown from locations in Germany and the Czech Republic to the USA.  The designated Competency Centers are labs in which technical expertise and support are available and offered to IO-Link manufacturers and vendors.

IO-Link Competency Center

What is IO-Link?

IO-Link is a powerful standard, an increasingly deployed point-to-point serial communication protocol used to communicate with sensors and/or actuators. Extending the globally recognized PLC standard IEC 61131, it allows three types of data to be exchanged – Process data, service data, and events. Major sensor manufacturers and industrial manufacturing companies, including Comtrol, have joined the international IO-Link Consortium to promote the IO-Link communication protocol due to its many advantages over standard I/O.

Competency Centers


Comtrol’s IO-Link Gateway User Benefits

We are pleased to introduce the industry’s highest density IO-Link Master gateway. The IO-Link to EtherNet/IP™ Master combines the benefits of the IO-Link standard with the EtherNet/IP™ and Modbus TCP protocols. Easily integrate the IO-Link Master into your system network with existing and new industrial Ethernet installations.

  • Reduce maintenance and cabling costs
  • Reduce PLC programming times
  • System integration and interoperability for SCADA & process controllers
  • Complete set of network management tools

Read PROFINEWS May 2014 for more information about the IO-Link Competency Centers. 


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