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Communicator CAN - PROFIBUS gateway

Anybus CAN to PROFIBUS data converter

Anybus Communicator CAN is a gateway and data converter enabling the exchange of data between a subnetwork, running CAN, and a PROFIBUS network. This allows devices with a CAN port to be integrated into a PROFIBUS network, without the need for hardware or software changes.
The gateway works as a PROFIBUS 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 PROFIBUS network as easy to process I/O data. With convenient configuration software basically every manufacturer-specific CAN data protocol can be exchanged to PROFIBUS, or vice versa.
Anybus Communicator CAN - PROFIBUS
CAN network
PROFIBUS network
Anybus Communicator CAN - PROFIBUS
Anybus Communicator CAN - PROFIBUS

Features and benefits

  • Saves machine builders and device manufacturers of integrating a PROFIBUS interface
  • Requires no hardware or software changes to be made to CAN-devices
  • Compatible with all PLC's and controllers with PROFIBUS 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 PROFIBUS

Conversion of I/O-data

The Anybus Communicator maps data byte from CAN messages into I/O data in the PROFIBUS 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 PROFIBUS 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 PROFIBUS networks without any restrictions. The Communicator appears as a standard I/O module on the PROFIBUS side.

Easy configuration - No programming required!

The mapping of data between CAN and PROFIBUS 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 

PROFIBUS interface features

  • Complete PROFIBUS-DP slave according to IEC 61158
  • Max 244 bytes of Input and 244 bytes of Output data - 416 bytes data length in total
  • Automatic PROFIBUS baud rate detection (9600 bit/s - 12 Mbit/s)
  • Supports PROFIBUS features: Sync and Freeze and Watchdog
  • PROFIBUS uplink configuration via on-board switches or via .GSD file
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
CAN  
  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
PROFIBUS  
  Connector 1x Sub-D99 female
Galvanic isolation On both CAN and PROFIBUS side
Protection class IP20
Mounting DIN-rail (EN 50022 standard)
Certifications CE, CULUS, ATEX/Haz.Loc, RoHS
Contents of delivery
- Anybus Communicator CAN-PROFIBUS
- Configuration cable (USB)
- D-sub9 connector with screw
- Anybus Configuration Manager (Windows™)
- Quick Reference Manual
- User Manual

Part number(s)

AB7312
Anybus Communicator CAN - PROFIBUS, 1x CAN, 1x PROFIBUS
Anybus Communicator CAN - PROFIBUS, 1x CAN, 1x PROFIBUS

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