NEXCOM Integrates Major Fieldbus Technologies to Acquire 70% of Factory Automation System Integration Users

March 2013

NEXCOM has announced the innovative NEXCOM Industrial fieldbus Embedded Computer (NIFE) Series, which integrates widely-used industrial master fieldbus interfaces including PROFINET, PROFIBUS, DeviceNet, Ethernet/IP and EtherCAT to communicate with programmable logic controllers (PLCs) from major brand-name suppliers. The unprecedented integration was brought about by NEXCOM'?s strength in developing fanless industrial automation computers and the company'?s partnership with Hilscher, a globally-leading expert in industrial communication. This vertical technology integration gives rise to highly reliable factory automation solutions which can work in conjunction with most brand-name control systems, reducing costs by at least 30 percent for users while solving the common incompatibility issue arising from system integration.

In the factory automation sector, Siemens and Allen Bradley are two leading PLC suppliers. Yet, the fieldbus technologies provided by system integrators are dedicated to a single brand. "?NEXCOM Industrial Fieldbus Embedded Computer (NIFE) Series can integrate master fieldbus interfaces in accordance with a customer?s existing PLCs. The protocols we support include PROFINET, PROFIBUS, DeviceNet, Ethernet/IP and EtherCAT. This unprecedented integration can change the business model of Taiwan'?s industrial computer (IPC) industry by meeting the IPC and PLC integration requirements of nearly 70 percent of users,"? said Joe Lin, General Manager of NEXCOM?s Industrial Computing Solutions Business Unit. NEXCOM not only provides one-stop-shop convenience but also solves the hardware incompatibility issue, yielding more than 30 percent savings on backend system deployment, explained Lin.

NEXCOM is specialized in hardware development and manufacturing and is partnered with Hilscher, a globally-leading expert in industrial communication. "?Combining NEXCOM industrial automation computer and Hilscher industrial communication technology could take system integration to a whole new level, making factory automation solutions more cost-effective?," said Armin Pühringer, Area Sales Manager APAC at Hilscher GmbH. NEXCOM has built its reputation on industrial computers based on which it has developed various compact industrial automation platforms by integrating Hilscher's pioneering fieldbus technology and Real-Time Ethernet systems. Together with high software compatibility, these compact industrial automation platforms put their excellent computing power to good use and demonstrate the intelligence of a connected network. In addition, the functionality of industrial automation platforms has been enhanced to support a wide spectrum of automation control equipment and therefore fulfills different customer requirements for intelligent applications.

?"NEXCOM is dedicated to providing market-specific technologies to vertical markets and exchanges of industrial knowledge and know-how with experts across fields. We develop solutions that continuously respond to market demands and that is how we sustain double-digit growth year after year?," added Lin. In addition, NEXCOM also partners with Schneider Electric, an industrial automation giant which develops the world-famous SCADA software Citect with full support for fieldbus interface drivers. Customers can benefit from a complete solution that combines NEXCOM, Hilscher and Schneider Electric products.

NEXCOM, collaborating with Hilscher and key partners, has launched the NEXCOM Industrial Fieldbus Embedded Computer (NIFE) Series. The NIFE series is based on NEXCOM's well-known NISE industrial automation computer and panel PCs, which are suitable for HMI use in both light and heavy manufacturing industries, integrates assorted fieldbus technologies and application software and can therefore address real market needs.