Hardy Process Solutions offers a new PROFINET Option card for the HI 4050+ weight controller.
PROFINET is a Fieldbus protocol compatible with Siemens PLCs that is widely used in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and is increasing in popularity in the US.
The Hardy implementation supports two-port PROFINET with MRP (Media Redundancy Protocol), which enables the HI 4050+ to join into a ring topology network (Conformance Class B or CC-B). The card installs in the communications options slot and automatically scans for PROFINET networks.
Simultaneously, Hardy has released a GDSML for PROFINET users for ease of configuration. A GSDML file is a readable ASCII text file that contains the Device ID and both general and device-specific weighing commands communication and PROFINET network configuration. Each of the entries describes a feature that is supported by a device. By means of keywords, a configuration tool reads the device ID number, the weighing parameters, the corresponding data type, and the permitted limit values for the configuration of the device from the GSDML.
In addition to the HI 4050+, Hardy offers the new HI 6200-PFN single-channel weight processor, which operates within PROFINET Conformance Class A (CC-A) as a single network device.
Hardy Process Solutions, San Diego, CA 858-278-2900 www.hardysolutions.com