The new, Zone 2, Class I/Div. 2 certified remote I/O PROFINET gateway from Pepperl+Fuchs opens the door for Industry 4.0 applications in process industries while simultaneously setting new standards in terms of handling, user friendliness, and security. Connected to the master system via two signal line pairs, it can handle huge volumes of data and is ready-made for applications that aggregate and analyze “big data”. In doing so, the Ethernet-based gateway reaches data transfer rates of up to 100 Mbit/s via PROFINET.
The PROFINET gateway supports HART/HART IP to transmit process variables and additional status information from field devices. At the same time, HART IP can be used to effectively manage assets.
What’s more, with its two Ethernet interfaces and integrated MRP (media redundancy protocol), the new PROFINET gateway is ideally suited for setting up high availability ring networks. When necessary, the redundancy manager initiates automatic network reconfiguration, ensuring the communication of segments that are unaffected by the failure.
Aside from its computing power and interoperability, the PROFINET gateway also offers extraordinary handling: it features the biggest touch display available on the market for this type of device. RGB LEDs and display symbols comply with the NAMUR 107 standard and indicate device and field unit status by displaying diagnostic and status information in a clear and standardized way.
Possible checks include status of communication with the master system, internal bus status, HART device recognition, and identification of faulty modules. This reduces downtime and saves costs.
The gateway can be conveniently configured in the field by means of the touch display. The display can be mounted vertically or horizontally inside the field unit to ensure convenient handling.
The risk of unauthorized access is growing as industrial plants become more interconnected. The PROFINET gateway was developed in accordance with security standards like IECE62443, which contribute to the security of automation components and systems.