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Anybus supports TSN over CC-Link IE TSN


Anybus supports TSN over CC-Link IE TSN

The Anybus concept from HMS Industrial Networks is a portfolio of connectivity products including hardware and software. Interacting with a variety of industrial networks, it reduces development efforts for device manufacturers to a minimum – and will soon also be available for the implementation of CC-Link IE TSN.

HMS is a long-standing member of the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) after the company experienced unexpectedly high demand from Japan at the end of the 1990s: “However, progress in industrial communication technology always came from Europe and partly from the USA, and at the time, the device manufacturers in Asia needed new networks for their products”, explains Christian Bergdahl, Product Marketing Manager at HMS. “So conversely, we then also included the Asian de facto standard CC-Link in our network portfolio.

Bergdahl praises the active support from CLPA that ensures HMS has good market visibility: “As an independent network organisation, the CLPA really opens doors for us. We also benefit from its outstanding market observations - it always has its finger on the pulse in terms of its technologies. This helps us to make an early start.”

Consequently, HMS has added CC-Link IE TSN to its latest modular embedded family Anybus CompactCom. As a result, the new technology from the CLPA is the thirteenth network supported by multi-network connectivity but the first to be based on TSN. This will be particularly beneficial for the HMS customers who are already using the modular embedded product family and have therefore implemented the host interface for communicating with the Anybus modules: “They will be able to access the new network very quickly and easily because they have already done the preliminary work needed through the interface method. We supply the TSN-based embedded product in the desired form factor and customers can get their devices to market very quickly”, says Bergdahl.

HMS is indeed expecting the Asian market in particular to develop rapidly, but the CC-Link IE TSN solution should also be of interest to its customer base in Europe and the USA, not least for placing end products on the markets in Asia. Anybus gateways link various industrial communication standards. They make network integration and expansion quicker and easier for end users. As with the two earlier CLPA technologies CC-Link and CC-Link IE, HMS is also developing the interface module for CC-Link IE TSN first. The market launch is scheduled for mid-2020. The logical next step is to integrate the new CompactCom technology in HMS gateways.


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