With TSN promising to deliver many benefits for automation - among them better interoperability and determinism - it’s important for a connectivity technology enabler like Hilscher to prove it can support latest standards. A recent “plugfest” organized by the Industrial Internet Consortium proved that Hilscher is leading the way. Hilscher products were ready to go out-of-the box from the first minute they were plugged into the Testbed.
Austin, Texas in June saw representatives from Hilscher contribute to an IIC/AVNU Testbed Demonstrator to prove its products can deliver functional communication over the IEEE TSN Ethernet Standard. Hilscher had three slaves as part of the “Testbed Demonstrator.”
1. netX 52 connected to a Sick light curtain
2. An Edge Connect gateway with a netX 52 card slave
3. An Hilscher Evaluation Board, as used to assist developers in building netX chip applications
The goal of these plugfests is to have the vendors show up with their products ready to “plug-and-play”. Products should all have been updated to the current level of standards and should be ready to demonstrate TSN interoperability.
Michael Britt from Hislcher said: “The Hilscher products were ready to go out-of-the box from the first minute they were plugged into the Testbed. It was a highly successful demonstration of slave devices running over TSN in a multi-node system.”
Several partnerships between Hilscher and other vendors were initiated after the successful tests. “This is the third plugfest I have personally attended,” continued Britt, “and the level of interoperability among all the vendors continues to improve. At each consecutive event, the Testbed becomes easier to configure.”
The plugfest was jointly sponsored by IIC and Avnu and hosted by National Instruments in Austin, Texas. For more information on the IIC Testbed, visit: https://www.iiconsortium.org/time-sensitive-networks.htm
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