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PRODUCT NEWS: First Coupler for CC-Link to PROFINET Announced

Fall 2017

Following the announcement by PI (PROFIBUS and PROFINET International) and CLPA( CC-Link Partner Association) of a jointly-developed coupler specification to link PROFINET and CC-Link networks, Hilscher has confirmed that a new product in our netTAP 151 family will be launched mid-2018 to help CC-Link and PROFINET interoperate. Hilscher collaborated in the development of the coupler's specification. The Hilscher coupler works as a slave on both sides towards the PROFINET and CC-Link IE networks. Its key functionality is to allow both network masters to interoperate with each other. The coupler enables plant manufacturers with CC-LINK IE networked machines to map their data transparently in overlaying PROFINET networks, and allows the mapping of data from PROFINET machines to CC-Link IE. According to the CLPA, "The simple bridge between the two networks will dramatically reduce the engineering work that has traditionally been necessary to achieve integration across heterogeneous network architectures."

The coupler supports:

  • A mapping model for data from both sides 
  • Diagnostics for coupler and networks 
  • A SYCON.NET-based DTM configurator

The netTAP 151 family includes gateways for linking various real-time Industrial Ethernet protocols. netTAP 151