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Ethernet Spanner Connects Production Lines In The Field

TURCK 8/3/2018
Ethernet Spanner Connects Production Lines In The Field

Turck's new IP67 spanner I/O block module enables data exchange between two Ethernet networks directly at the machine connection points

Ethernet Spanner Connects Production Lines In The Field

TURCK's TBEN-LG-EN1 Spanner is a block I/O module that enables communication between two different Ethernet networks directly in the field. The robust module with protection to IP65/IP67/IP69K features a glass fiber reinforced housing and fully potted module electronics. Thanks to its high degree of protection, the TBEN-LG-EN1 is the first spanner module that can be used directly in the field without the need for additional control cabinets. This benefits the user by eliminating the need for cables to the control cabinets and ensuring a straightforward installation. The bidirectional data exchange from master to master guarantees simple communication with controllers.

The TBEN-L spanner supports Turck's multiprotocol technology and thus enables communication in EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP and Profinet networks. This also enables use as a protocol converter between Ethernet protocols. For an optimum connection between the different networks, two separate, electrically isolated Ethernet interfaces and the NAT (Network Address Translation) router function for up to five IP addresses.

Turck's new TBEN-L spanner is another tool in the automation specialist's Industry 4.0 offering. Instead of only enabling exchange between digital I/Os and mapping the data flow at a different location, the spanner enables data exchange, where it actually takes place: directly in the field.