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Communicator CAN - EtherNet/IP gateway

Anybus CAN to EtherNet/IP data converter

Anybus Communicator CAN is a gateway and data converter enabling the exchange of data between a subnetwork, running CAN, and an EtherNet-IP network. This allows devices with a CAN port to be integrated into an EtherNet-IP network, without the need for hardware or software changes.
The gateway works as a EtherNet-IP slave for the primary network and as a standard CAN node for the second network

The Communicator performs an intelligent data conversion and presents CAN data to a PLC/Controller in the EtherNet-IP network as easy to process I/O data. With convenient configuration software basically every manufacturer-specific CAN data protocol can be exchanged to EtherNet-IP, or vice versa.
Anybus Communicator CAN - EtherNet-IP
CAN network
EtherNet-IP network
Anybus Communicator CAN - EtherNet-IP
Anybus Communicator CAN - EtherNet-IP

Features and benefits

  • Saves machine builders and device manufacturers of integrating an EtherNet-IP interface
  • Requires no hardware or software changes to be made to CAN-devices
  • Compatible with all PLC's and controllers with EtherNet-IP support
  • Performs complete CAN protocol conversion, no PLC function blocks required
  • Flexible CAN frame building method for both Response/Request or Produce/Consume protocols
  • Intelligent I/O data mapping within the Communicator permits even devices with slow CAN communication can be integrated without any restrictions to EtherNet-IP
  • Integrated Email client, FTP server and embedded webserver for diagnostics and data visualization
  • Additional support for Modbus TCP Class 0, 1 and partial Class 2

Conversion of I/O-data

The Anybus Communicator maps data byte from CAN messages into I/O data in the EtherNet-IP network, and vice versa. This mapping is highly flexible and can contain an arbitrary set of CAN Id’s and data. CAN communication is supported both by both producer /consumer or request/response protocol schemes, who are configured with a flexible CAN frame building method.

All data between EtherNet-IP and the CAN network is transferred through an internal memory buffer inside the Communicator. This method of data exchange also permits CAN devices with slow communication to be integrated into high-speed EtherNet-IP networks without any restrictions. The Communicator appears as a standard I/O module on the EtherNet-IP side.

Easy configuration - No programming required!

The mapping of data between CAN and EtherNet-IP is quickly set up in the Anybus Configuration Manager software, included with the Communicator CAN. No programming skills are needed to set up the Communicator.

CAN-configuration features

  • Graphical CAN frame building support using several ready-made CAN functions.
  • Can configure any CAN 2.0A or 2.0B based protocol (11 and 29 bit identifiers).
  • Configures upto 128 transactions containing a total of 256 CAN frames
  • Monitor/Modify function of process I/O data informing of CAN transaction status
  • Diagnostic transaction Live List in the network I/O informing of CAN transaction status
  • Handy Save/Load function allows for a completed configuration to be re-used for many other installations
  • Password protection prevents unauthorized upload and download of configurations 

EtherNet-IP interface features

  • EtherNet-IP Adapter Level 2 and Level 3 I/O Server CIP
  • Max 509 bytes Input and 505 bytes Output data
  • 10/100Mbit operation in full or half-duplex
  • Device Level Ring (DLR) functionality available (announce-based ring participant)
  • Per-user security framework
  • Quality of Service (QoS) available
  • TCP/IP settings can be configurable with web-page, Configuration Tool, DHCP or ARP
  • Integrated switch allowing for a daisy-chain topology
Technical data
Dimensions 120 x 75 x 27mm
Weight 150g
Operating temperature -25 to +55 °C
Storage temperature -40 to +85 °C
Power supply 24 VDC
Current consumption Typical 150mA
Configuration port USB
  Baudrate 20 kbit/s - 1 Mbit/s
  Protocol support CAN 2.0A and 2.0B (11 and 29 bit identifiers)
  Connector D-sub 9 Male
  Connector 2x RJ45 (switch)
Galvanic isolation On both CAN and EtherNet-IP side
Protection class IP20
Mounting DIN-rail (EN 50022 standard)
Certifications CE, CULUS, ATEX/Haz.Loc, RoHS
Contents of delivery
- Anybus Communicator CAN-EtherNet-IP
- Configuration cable (USB)
- D-sub9 connector with screw
- Anybus Configuration Manager (Windows™)
- Quick Reference Manual
- User Manual

Part number(s)

Anybus Communicator CAN - EtherNet/IP, 1x CAN, 2x EtherNet/IP
Anybus Communicator CAN - EtherNet/IP, 1x CAN, 2x EtherNet/IP

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