MEN and Hilscher ?Fieldbus Options for Flexible System Solutions

March 2014

Two competent partners for system solutions from a single source

The first member of the new system family from MEN is the industrial PC MH70I.  Based on high-performance, robust 3U CompactPCI boards and complete software support, the MH70I is an open and flexible system platform that is consistently reliable, even in rugged industrial environments. Customers can choose from a range of standard hardware, software and accessories specially designed for application in industrial environments, and can therefore create a flexible, customized system without changing the pre-defined basic functionality.
In order to provide a complete I/O range with all of the necessary fieldbuses as well as Real-Time Ethernet interfaces, MEN has included products from Hilscher, the leading fieldbus experts, in the spectrum of possible options.
Christof Hunger, Product Manager at Hilscher, says: "Hilscher would like to increase its market presence even further with fieldbus cards.  With MEN, we now have the option of serving sectors and nationwide markets that we found difficult to reach in the past. It is now possible to offer our customers access to a complete solution and they no longer have to tediously gather components from various suppliers.?
Of course, these modular CompactPCI systems can also be subsequently expanded with any one of the fieldbus interfaces currently on the market. This allows maximum flexibility for connecting to various fieldbuses, and makes the process of changing form factors extremely simple. The result is an enormous cost-saving factor for our customers. Once integrated, changing firmware and protocols, e.g., is not a problem, and there is no need to replace any tools or drivers.
All CompactPCI cards supplied by Hilscher are based on the netX multi-network controller, and all leading fieldbus and Real-Time Ethernet systems are supported. Customers can therefore freely choose between PROFIBUS DP, CANopen, DeviceNet as well as PROFINET I/O, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, Modbus/TCP or sercos, with the same user interface. In addition to the large selection of fieldbuses, all of the cards can be used as either master or slave as needed.