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Everything You Need To Know About Ethernet Network Communication

ieb44tunnel1In terms of computing and networking, the Ethernet or the Local Area Network (LAN), MAN and WAN of computer systems that we use for commercial purposes or otherwise has a rich set of protocols and formatting regulations that enable a smooth network connection. It is responsible for the clear and smooth transmission of data across network devices as well as over the network connection.

In order for the Ethernet to control, monitor and regulate data being transmitted across networks, it makes use of specific technology and features including an Ethernet gateway. Let’s learn more about how the Ethernet facilitates communication across networks.

What is an Ethernet gateway?

An Ethernet gateway, sometimes called a router is basically a node or one of the communication endpoints in a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol Suite that is responsible for forwarding data packets to other networks in cases where the network protocols are similar.

In other words, a default gateway serves as a router or a forwarding host to redirect data packets, while also being a common access point to other networks. This may involve not just address changes but also completely different networking technologies with different network prefixes as well. Such gateways are called internet gateways.

Now both the internet gateway and the router or the Ethernet gateway, are nodes that connect and regulate traffic between two or more networks. But the type of networks being handled is what is different.

A Windows 2000 network that uses the TCP/IP internet protocol as its primary protocol can use a router or an Ethernet gateway to connect to the internet as it is the same primary protocol that the internet uses.

An internet gateway on the other hand would be used to connect a Windows NT network for example with a NetWare network.

How does the Ethernet gateway work?

The Ethernet gateway is always connected to two or more different data lines from different networks. It reads the destination IP addresses on data packets coming in from the data lines and determines the ultimate destination. Then it makes use of the information on its routing table or the Routing Information Base (RIB) and directs the data packet to the next network on its route or journey. RIB is basically a data table that has a list of routes to particular destination addresses and sometime even the distance information associated with these routes.

The Ethernet also makes use of Ethernet converters and serial to Ethernet converters for converting media and data signals.

What is an Ethernet converter?

An Ethernet converter also called an Ethernet media converter is basically a device that is designed to enable the communication and smooth connection between different networking media such as fibre and co-axial cables used by different networks. It usually comes in the form of a small box and typically it is used to connect fibre media coming from an optical fibre based network and a copper-based network which is more conventional.

What is a serial to Ethernet converter?

Just like the media used by different networks, the data signals across networks may also come in serial form, which need to be converted to Ethernet packets in order to be routed and processed. This job is done by serial to Ethernet converters which are also called terminal servers or device servers as they are devices that have their own IP address.

It basically is a device that converts serial RS232, RS485 or RS422 data to Ethernet packets and also Ethernet TCP/IP packets back to these serial data signals. It comes in different models that facilitate different conversions.

How does a serial to Ethernet converter work?

A serial to Ethernet converter device usually comes with driver software that you need to install on your PC. The program creates virtual COM ports within the system when the converter is connected to the system. You can see all the virtual ports created by the software on your device manager list.

When you connect a serial device to one of the hardware ports on your converter device, the peripheral gets redirected to the visual serial port of your system and is identified by your PC as a local device. The circuitry within the converter then goes about converting each of the signals to Ethernet data packets for effective communication.

Difference Between Allen Bradley And Siemens PLC

One of the biggest boons that the industrial sector of the world at large received came in the last century. We are talking about the invention of the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) by Dick Morely back in 1969.

Ever since then, there have been many innovations in terms of functionality and hardware features for the control system and needless to say, each new one has been tough to beat. There are predominantly two giants who have had the duopoly in the manufacture of efficient PLCs for a long time now and they are Siemens and Allen Bradley.  

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While each of these are established and top notch companies who have already proved the worth of their super-efficient TLCs individually, there has forever been a debate over which of these is better.

So here is a detailed comparison between the Allen Bradley and Siemens PLCs.

Before we begin, a quick word about what a PLC is.

What is a PLC?

In the simplest of terms, a Programmable Logic Controller or PLC is an industrial computer control system that allows you to get the most out of industrial processes. It helps enhance the processes while at the same time allowing you to switch up, replicate or change the processes as well quite easily.

Allen Bradley Vs. Siemens PLC

First things first, the quality and functionality of the hardware are significantly distinct. Both the AB and the Siemens PLCs work pretty much the same way and are equally reliable. The difference lies in their installation processes.

While the Allen Bradley requires you to connect the PLC to both the Allen Bradley power supply as well as the Allen Bradley rack, the Siemens one works with pretty much any 24 V DC supply of power. Also, you might need to install additional safety communication ports for Rockwell while Siemens already comes with built-in communication ports.

Another major difference is in the protocols they use. AB uses mostly native American IPs such as DeviceNet, ControlNet and EthernetIP, and also the DH+ or DH485.

At the same time, Siemens uses European native IPs such as Profibus and ASI and also serial MODBUS or MODBUS TCP/IP.

image3Coming to the interface and ease of use, AB has a more intuitive and easier user interface and it allows users to manage and control their processes even without a lot of programming knowledge. It also has excellent features like communicative abilities with third party hardware, mass production of code and even export and import of tags from Excel to scada databases.

Siemens might be a little complex for the maintenance staff that may not have a programming background.

On the flip side, Siemens offers a lot of options to program and customise the process to suit your business model.

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As for the pricing aspects, Allen Bradley definitely is more expensive when compared to the Siemens PLC. However, Siemens offers standard technical support at all times at no additional costs while AB does charge you for technical support according to the amount of hardware you have installed.

That said, it would be ideal to choose one of these according to your priorities in terms of business processes.

Now if you have both Allen Bradley and Siemens devices and you want them to communicate, then you can use Equustek DL3500-MODBUS/DH+ or DL3500-MODBUS/DH485 for All Siemens that can handle uses serial MODBUS and Allen Bradley that support DH+ or DH485, or use the DL6000-MEDH+ or DL6000-MEDH485 that allow Siemens with MODBUS TCP/IP to communicate with Allen Bradley DH+ or DH485 devices.

Modbus And RS485: Everything You Need To Know

In the world of industrial internet communication and networking, there are a lot of minute details that contribute towards giving us the convenience of information at our fingertips. From the type of computer network at the client end to the internet protocol to the databases being used, there are a lot of things that must come together in order to make a simple search request or process automation successful.

One such detail that plays a very important role in making exchange of information smooth and successful is the Modbus protocol along with the RS485.

These are two different but related concepts that people are often confused with. So let’s see what they are in detail.

What is Modbus and Modbus RS485?

Simply put, Modbus is basically a protocol that facilitates communication between the “master” or the host and the “slaves” or the connected devices. It enables the host to read the measures and aids in the configuration of devices.

On a basic level, the Modbus protocol facilitates communication with the help of messages that equate to simple operations necessary to read and write regular 16 bit words and binary details or registers called “coils”. The host or the master usually initiates the exchange and the slave or the device usually replies.

Hence, as is evident, the Modbus protocol literally defines the messaging structure used in the exchange of data between the host and the slaves or the devices.

It must not be confused with a medium of communication though. It forms the messaging structure alone and is not the physical medium of data exchange.

Now, in a normal stream of industrial data exchange or communication during process automation, there usually is a master which most often is a Building Automation System or a BAS, a communications gateway device, and a PLC or a software program that is running on a computer.

In order for the data exchange to happen, the host requires a medium that not only facilitates the exchange but also determines the pace.

Enter RS485.

It is basically an electrical or serial transmission standard that defines the physical level of electrical signals between the host and the slaves and also the wiring that enables the transfer of data. It is a popular standard used in data exchange as it allows the usage of several devices using the same standard on the same bus, which eliminates the need to multiply interfaces on the host while querying multiple devices.

Hence, when we say Modbus RS485, it denotes the protocol being used in process automation along with its ability to communicate effectively by the name of serial transmission standard.

On a normal case, a single multi-drop RS485 serial bus can facilitate up to 127 slave devices, which again is a good reason for its popularity.

Is Modbus the same as RS485?

The answer is no, because both of these are relative concepts that need each other in order to fulfil their purposes. Modbus defines the protocol type and RS485 defines the signal level on the protocol.

Difference between RS485 and Profibus

When it comes to industrial networking, there are many specifications that govern the smooth exchange of information across hosts, slaves and throughout the network. All of these may be familiar with people who have mastered the art of network communication, but anyone who is starting out could be easily confused between the technical terms and accessories.

One such commonly confused pair of technical terms is the RS485 and Profibus.

Now people who do have a fair idea about the whole data exchange system in industrial networking would know that these are two very important contributors for smooth process automation. But, from a more detailed perspective, these are two different aspects related to the same concept.

Let’s get in to what each of these is.

Profibus

Profibus stands for Process Field Bus. It is basically a standard of fieldbus communication used in automation technology. And field bus refers to the network protocols used for real-time distributed control.

There are two versions of the standard being used in industries. One of them is Profibus DP which stands for Decentralised Peripherals and the other is Profibus PA which stands for Process Automation. Out of these the Profibus DP is more commonly used by industries while the Profibus PA is more application specific and is hence lesser used.

Profibus DP is meant to be used to control and operate sensors and actuators through a centralized platform for automation applications in production industries and factories. It includes diagnostic options as well.

Profibus PA on the other hand is mainly used to monitor measuring equipment through a process control system of course. It is specifically meant to be used in explosion prone or hazardous areas.

RS485

The RS485 is also a standard, but it defines the electrical signal levels in the communication between drivers and receivers or hosts and slaves in networking. In this case though, the electrical signalling is more balanced and multi point systems are also supported. For the same reason, the RS485 is a very useful and popular standard in industrial control systems. It is more so as it is capable of being connected with multiple receivers, whether in a linear or a multi drop bus and it supports both Local Area Networks as well as multi drop communication links and works with data rates up to 10 Mbits.

Difference between Profibus and RS485

Both the Profibus and the RS485 are standards used in communication during process automation. However, they are used in different aspects of communication.

Profibus is a very flexible and reliable communication technology where issues can be caused by small and simple errors. On the other hand, RS485 is a more balanced technology that makes use of a two-wire transmission system. In effect this makes it the difference in voltage between the two wires among which the communication or data exchange is happening. For the same reason that it doesn’t depend on the voltage directed to the ground, it is more stable. This also makes it less sensitive to interference when compared to a single-ended transmission.

Modbus vs Profibus- Advantages of Modbus Over Profibus

In today’s world, there are many different protocols, and some are better equipped to work in different applications. Modbus and profibus each have strengths, and there is some overlap as to what each of them is capable of. Some people, however, consistently prefer to use modbus over profibus.

binary-codeModbus was originally designed in the mid 70’s and was a proprietary protocol for Modicon. The company published it royalty free before finally making it an open protocol. Many companies began using it, and because of this, there are now several variations. Even though it has variants, it is best described as simple. It’s easy to implement and easy to use. This is one of its biggest strengths. The specification document is less than 100 pages, which indicates its simplicity. Modbus usually refers to one of three protocols – Modbus ASCII, Modbus RTU, or Modbus TCP/IP.

Modbus ASCII was the first modbus, and usually runs on the RS-232 or the RS-485 physical layer. There is one master and all slaves are polled on demand by the master. The message frame can be up to 253 bytes.
Modbus RTU is a variation of Modbus ASCII. The difference is the encoding of the data. RTU uses bytes to encode messages, which increases the throughput.
Modbus TCP/IP was added much later, and can be thought of as, essentially, a way of encapsulating an RTU packet within a TCP/IP packet. It’s simple to use, but is slower than other Ethernet products. It is still adequate for monitoring applications.

As Modbus is a simple master slave protocol, and the master has full control of the communication. The slave will only respond when asked. The master will record the outputs, and read the inputs from every slave during every cycle. The slave devices don’t join the network, and they only respond when spoken to, and remain idle when they are not being spoken to. There’s no requirement for a watchdog timer, and there’s no requirement for diagnostics for the slave’s health.

Modbus usually uses the RS232 or the RS485 physical layer, but it can also use other physical layers, like phone lines, or wireless. RS232 and RS485 were established physical layers during the Modbus original development, and it didn’t add any new requirements.

In the case of using phone lines and wireless, Modbus has excelled. Phone lines and wireless introduce delays in the messages, which can be problems, but Modbus either deals with this, or it adapts to work in these applications.

Modbus can be used from a controller, or monitor to a smart device, controller, or monitor to a smart device from multiple vendors and for remote monitoring of information from a smart device.

Profibus is not only more complicated to implement and use, but it also uses specialized characteristics which tie it to RS485. RS485 is used in many different industries but it will become obsolete. Modbus, on the other hand, is always going to grow and be utilized because of its simplicity, and because it can be adjusted to the Ethernet, without overly complicated processes.

However, it is possible to utilize both protocols to work together. Modbus is the data transport between a master controller/data concentrator and has a remote profibus station. Using both protocols allows the simple implementation and easy modem support of modbus, while also gaining some positives from profibus. Profibus can be used in hazardous and multi vendor applications, and modbus provides a link between a SCADA system and a data concentrator.

What is a programmable logic controller?

pROGRAMMABLElOGICcONTROLLERThis is a digital computer which is specially adapted for the control of manufacturing processes such as assembly lines, lighting fixtures, robotic devices, amusement rides or activities that require high-reliability control, process fault diagnosis and ease of programming.

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) have progressively become a fundamental part of the industrial environment. It is imperative to understand their basic functionalities as a technician involved with PLCs controlled processes.

PLCs are designed for multiple arrangements of input and output, resistance to impact and vibration, electrical noise immunity and extended temperature ranges.  The programs are written on a computer and then downloaded to the PLC. The Programs to control machine operation are stored either in non-volatile memory or battery backed up RAM.  A PLC allows for output results in response to input conditions within a set time.

A brief history of the PLC

Before the PLC, sequencing and control for manufacturing were composed of drum sequences, relays, and closed-loop controllers. The process of updating these was expensive and time-consuming because it required individual rewiring of relays.

PLCs were invented to replace the rewiring of relay based control panels in the American automotive industry when there was a change in production models.

GM Hydramatic, which is General Motors automatic transmission division, issued a request in 1968 for the hard-wires relays systems to be replaced. Bedford Associates of Bedford, Massachusetts gave the winning proposal.

Bedford Associates started a new company dedicated to developing, manufacturing, selling, and servicing this new product which they named MODICON (MOdular DIgital CONtroller). One of the very first 084 models built was decommissioned after almost twenty years of nonstop service. The automotive industry remains one of the largest users of PLCs to date.

Previously, the sequencing and control for automobiles manufacturing relied on hundreds of relays, dedicated closed-loop controllers, drum sequencers, and cam timers. Updating such facilities was costly and time-consuming, as technicians needed to manually and individually rewire the relays.

When digital computers were invented, they were used in in industrial processes to control combinatorial and sequential logic due to their general-purpose programmable devices. However, these early computers required programming specialists as well as rigorous operating environmental control for cleanliness, temperature and power quality. To overcome these challenges, the PLC was developed with several key attributes. It would tolerate a harsh environment; effortlessly support discrete input and output. Also, its operations could be monitored and would not require years of training to use.

Advantages of PLCs

Reduced Cost: PLC prices range from a few hundred to a few thousand. PLCs are cost efficient because they eliminate shipping and installation costs.

Flexibility: A single PLC can effortlessly run many machines.

Ease of Troubleshooting: With PLC control, any changes in sequence or circuit design are as simple as retyping the logic. PLCs allow for a fast and cost effective way of correcting errors. Moreover, a PLC program can be tested after it is developed before it is implemented in the field.

Space Efficient: A PLC requires fewer components than conventional hardware systems making them space efficient.

Visual observation: PLCs have a visual display on a screen which makes troubleshooting simple and fast.

Components of a PLC

All PLCs have the similar basic components. These include controller relay units for input and output, timers, CPU, a peripheral device, communication processor (CP), interface module (IM) and power supply. These components work jointly to carry information into the PLC, evaluate that information after which the information is sent back out to various fields.

Modbus RTU vs Modbus TCP/IP

Modbus RTU and Modbus TCP/IP are usually communication protocols. The communication protocol is the system of rules, which permit two or more entities to package and transmit data, and are implemented in software and hardware. Networking of industrial devices like level sensors to a PLC and pressure transducers is achieved by using a kind of communication protocol referred to as Fieldbus. Modbus is a widely used Fieldbus, which supports two-way communication for a remote operation like set-up and programming and permits transferring lots.

TCP/IP and RTU are two popular types of Modbus. Basically, these are two different methods of data transmission. While the way structured data for transmission is defined by Modbus, wrapping the data structured for specific ways of transmission is defined by TCP/IP and RTU.

Modbus RTU

A network of field devices that use serial communication is known as Modbus RTU. You can interconnect Modbus devices and sensors in a network.

  • RTU is widely used for industrial control networks because it has been in existence for long around, and it is supported by lots of software and hardware.

Modbus TCP/IP

The creation of Modbus TCP/IP came about so as to maximize the benefits of an Ethernet network. Essentially, Modbus RTU that uses the TCP interface in an Ethernet network is what is called Modbus TCP/IP. The structure of Modbus data is defined with the use of the application layer applied in the TCP/IP protocol. The TCP is utilized to make sure data is received and sent the right way, and the address and routing information is described as IP.

Basically, the Modbus TCP/IP command is a Modbus RTU command, which is included in an Ethernet TCP/IP wrapper.

  • The advantage of using Modbus TCP/IP is with the use of the existing Ethernet network equipment, which is inexpensive and widely available.

Generally, TCP/IP and RTU exist to help you transmit data in a manner which is comfortable and inexpensive for you. Contact us today us to talk about your particular application, and assist you in determining the best way to transmit data.

Controlnet vs Devicenet

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The Difference Between ControlNet and DeviceNet

When it comes to connecting floor-factory devices in a cost effective way, DeviceNet is a communication network that is open and effective. These floor factory devices include push buttons, sensors motor starters and drives as well as control systems that deliver data at fairly good speeds of approximately 125 to 500kbits/s making it the leading market device for networking. DeviceNet is also efficient for simple devices, since the length of its messages that often exchange range from about 0 to 8 bites. Additionally, in the case of sending longer messages, there is message fragmentation that makes it possible for the data to be availed in numerous packages.

 

DeviceNet has a clear market spot with device level communication since there is no other kind of network that has the capability to transfer controlled data and information in small packages that are also pocket-friendly. There is a considerable cost barrier when it comes to implementing IP/ Ethernet at the device level since DeviceNet, uses a cable configuration with a multi-drop. The multi-drop can allow you to connect up to 50 devices on a single cable. A switch (point-to-point) configuration is needed for Ethernet to be functional for control applications. There are up to 50 wires that run between the devices and the switch. TheDeviceNet design is common in several companies with high volume automotive production. The design is known as CAN and it is simple without the need for memory in its controller or device. This ensures a cheap outcome component that is as low as $1 and is available from various chip manufacturers. Additionally, the CPU may only need to have the CAN protocol without any additional components of communication, hence, making it rather easy and cheap to use commercially for profitable products and systems.

The Newest Mode of Transportation- Ethernet/ IP

ControlNet International published and accepted the layer application that was shared by both DeviceNet and ControlNet over Ethernet in the spring of 1998 when ControlNet applied CIP. The standard Ethernet/ IP was introduced by ControlNet International as well as other open network organizations. Ethernet users enjoyed information and control services from the open application layer.

What are the differences between the new EtherNet/ IP and the Ethernet that has been around for over 20 years?

To begin with, the major difference is that a common language must be met so as to choose products from various vendors so that they could operate hand-in-hand on the plant floor. For the last ten years, there have been several vendors who have been applying their layer of Ethernet products that have been presented to the market. Consequently, the data sent by vendor A’s product is not comprehensible by vendor B’s Ethernet product. However, when trying to take advantage of the current rich, analytical products this is not the ultimate circumstance one would like to be in.

Additionally, Ethernet/ IP gives its users the ability to control the network, acquire data diagnose capabilities as well as configure the device. It uses the TCP/IP protocol that is standard, therefore, controlling the messages and permitting information.

The commercial component availability, current architecture, and the experience of the users has led to the evolution of Ethernet/ IP. It is essential to consider the cost of the devices in that the commercial Ethernet PC card costs only $20 while the industrial controller may be more than $1,000. The Central Processing Unit and the memory are necessary in the module in order to perform the tasks of the PC, hence the difference of the costs. Also, the industrial products are made to resist increased levels of humidity, temperatures, shock, vibration, as well as electric interference as compared to the products sold off-the-shelf.

The reduced pricing of Ethernet might be connected to the training and manpower needed making it a preferable device for several IT and IS departments for many years. The extensive exposure to the Ethernet technology has led to expansive knowledge as well as unmatched resources. Besides being fast, it has a significantly high data transfer rate as compared to other networks.

Real-Time Control Using ControlNet

Why is ControlNet a common selection yet users can still have real-time control with Ethernet? It is because ControlNet offers a faster link and can handle complicated control systems such as weld control, coordinated drive systems, vision systems, complex batch control systems, motion control as well as the process control systems. This is because it has huge data requirements, and multiple controller systems and human machine interfaces. It also has the best system with multiple controllers joining all the different controllers such as PCs, robots, and welders.

ControlNet users are loyal to it because it can handle control systems that are complicated by the presence of passive taps making the network unpowered. The passive taps ensure that a loss of any of the nodes will not lead to network failure. On the losing side, Ethernet has powered switches meaning that loss of power will result in loss of network. For this reason, users will opt for ControlNet to ensure extensive media redundancy, cabling options that are safe and other features related to ControlNet.

The applicants of ControlNet would want the following advantages:

  • Multi-Media Options
  • Complete solution for product availability
  • Engineering Productivity with Deterministic Performance
  • System uptime with Media Severance
  • Designed Safe cabling for Process Control

Engineering Productivity with Deterministic Performance

The configuration software of ControlNet assists in eradicating any clashes within the configuration and errors in the device by monitoring the usage of the network bandwidth as well as the communication rates of the device by notifying users in case hitches come up. The additional software is helpful in that; Users can configure a sensor that is updated every 5ms as well as drives to update every 10ms and make confirmation that there is enough bandwidth. The sensor and the drive are updated as programmed without network interruption from activities that use the network such as messaging and configuration.

Complete Solution from Product Availability

The advancements of ControlNet and the customer requirements ensure that the clients can choose from a wide variety of products. At www.controlnet.org, there is an exclusive list of products from ControlNet International and it keeps growing in number and variety of its choices.

System Uptime with Media Severance

Physical media redundancy is standardly offered by ControlNet. There is the assurance of extra security against a cable being damaged or cut. On execution, each device has a connection to two cables and the same data is transmitted parallel on each cable. In the case that either of the cables is not functioning but the operation continues uninterrupted without the loss of communication, the alarms are sent to the management system without manual intervention.

Designed Safe Cabling for Process Control

ControlNet offers naturally safe cabling options because of its design with passive network components that can be used in dangerous situations such as I/O and other components. Additionally, fiber optic cabling makes use of barriers that segregate dangerous areas.  Using ControlNet as well as the design of the system offers a cost-effective system that is relatively simple.

Multiple Media Options

ControlNet offers flexibility with its cabling components that are used when designing an application. The trunk cable is available in optical and coaxial fiber and makes up the central backbone of the system. The users use their environments to pick out the most suitable media. Also, there are special cables used that are flexible with special insulation material and much more. In order to connect devices and gaps to the networks, a BNC connector is used. The fiber and coaxial repeaters extend the length and create a ring, star or tree configuration.

Have you chosen the Right Bus?

When looking for an effective way of transferring data from a device to the internet, it is important to select the best means of transportation. Many travelers and plant managers enjoy the freedom of choosing between a variety of travel options such as planes, buses, and trains among others. All the same, you are the one who knows the best network for your application and whether it would be DeviceNet, ControlNet, Ethernet/ IP or a blend of all these networks.

 

What Is Modbus TCP/IP ?

The Modbus TCP/IP, or Modbus-TCP is similar to the Modbus RTU protocol, but with a TCP interface that runs on Ethernet. The Modbus messaging structure is an application protocol that rules the organization and interpretation of data independently of the data transmission medium.

TCP refers to the Transmission Control Protocol, while IP refers to Internet Protocol. These two protocols are the transmission medium for the Modbus TCP/IP messaging. Essentially, the Modbus TCP/IP exchanges blocks of binary data between computers. This protocol is also considered to be a world wide standard and provides a foundation for the World Wide Web. The TCP is to ensure all the packets of data are received correctly, with the IP ensuring that the messages are addressed and routed correctly. This TCP/IP combination is the transport protocol, it is the Modbus application protocol that defines what the data means, and how it is interpreted.

To summarize, the Modbus TCP/IP uses Ethernet and TCP/IP to transport Modbus message structure data between compatible devices. What this means, in essence, is that it combines the physical network of the Ethernet, with the TCP/IP networking standard and the Modbus application protocol as a standard of data representation. So, it is a Modbus communication with an Ethernet TCP/IP wrapper.

The Modbus and user data are contained in a TCP/IP telegram, but are not modified at all. The Modbus error checking field, checksum, isn’t used. The standard Ethernet TCP/IP layer checksum methods are utilized instead to guarantee the integrity of the data. The Modbus frame address field is replaced by the unit identifier in Modbus TCP/IP, and is part of the Modbus application protocol header.

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DH+ APPLICATION CONSIDERATIONS

Application Guidelines

When configuring a DH+ link for your system it’s important to consider the following application guidelines.

  • To achieve acceptable response times, you will need to minimize the number of DH+ nodes. It’s important when minimizing DH+ nodes to keep frequency and size of the messages exchanged between devices in mind.
  • To achieve the fastest control response time possible, you’ll need to limit the number of stations on your overall network. To bring on additional stations, establish separate DH+ networks.
  • Never remove or add stations to the network during process or machine operation. If the network token is situated with the removed device, it can be lost to the rest of the network. Automatic re-establishment of the network could take several seconds to activate. During this time, control is interrupted or unreliable.
  • Try to avoid programming controllers as much as possible online during process or machine operation. This could increase response time by possible long bursts in DH+ activity.
  • Add a separate DH+ link where possible for processor programming to keep the effect of programmed terminals from the process DH+ link.

 

 

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