Embedded technology is HMS's core business. HMS has been supplying this type of technology since 1988 through the brand name Anybus®. Today, Anybus has become the platform for a whole family of products and has made HMS the world's No 1 supplier of embedded industrial network technology.
Anybus - Communication without limits!
Today's Anybus embedded technology is based around the Anybus CompactCom™ family of interchangable Chip, Brick, Module solutions for fieldbus and industrial Ethernet connectivity. CompactCom is available today in the 30 series and now with the just launched 40 series.
New Anybus CompactCom™ 40 series
HMS has now included the new Anybus NP40 within the new Anybus CompactCom 40 series offering high performance, flexibility and low power consumption combined with a compact size, which makes it optimal for demanding industrial slave/adapter solutions.
A very small size and low power consumption combined with processing power to run most Fieldbuses and Industrial Ethernet protocols makes it possible for HMS to create products for applications where communication wasn’t possible earlier due to size or power constraints.
The future is already here
Even though the next generation of communication solutions will not hit the market as standard modules until 2013/2014, there are already pilot customers spearheading the technology. “We are actually implementing our new NP40-based technology at pilot customers and developing it in partnership to get really close to the factory applications,” says Jörgen Palmhager. Leif Malmberg fills in: “We see a major interest in this new technology, especially from companies within drives and motion. The AIDA companies and their suppliers will most likely be early adopters of this new technology.”
Where do I find Embedded Anybus Technology?
Many of today's leading industrial automation products use embedded Anybus technology to solve their industrial communication requirements. Products like PLCs, Drives, Motion Controllers, Robot Controllers, HMIs, Valve Manifolds, Temperature Controllers, Weighscales, Frequency Inverters, Bar Code Scanners, I/O Blocks and many more, have or are integrating Anybus technology in order to meet market requirements for industrial communication.
Your partner for industrial communication
Leif Malmberg is Product Line Manager for embedded solutions at HMS. He has long seen a trend in the automation industry for complete solutions, but in different form factors.
“Our customers want complete solutions when it comes to functionality, support, consultancy and maintenance,” he says.
“However, they do ask for different formats for their connectivity solutions depending on how integrated they want their solutions to be. We still see most users asking for a complete module that they can just plug into their machines to achieve network connectivity, but there are users that want a semi-complete network card that they can mount on their motherboard and equip with their own network connectors. There are also those who just want the network processor itself and build their own solution around it.”
This is why HMS now package the embedded CompactCom offering into three different form factors: A chip, a brick, and a module enabling the users to choose how integrated they want their communication solution to be.
“In a way, we have had these options available previously with the NP30,” says Leif Malmberg, “but with the new embedded concept, we now take a further step towards widening our offer with a new technology platform in several formats.”