Shutterstock 2123289902

HMS launches interface supporting TSN protocol

Jan. 30, 2023
Anybus CompactCom 40 CC-Link IE TSN embedded communication interface provides a gigabit Ethernet connection and TSN functionality in one package

The CC-Link Partner Association’s (CLPA) partner, HMS Networks has released an embedded development option for designers of industrial automation devices that’s compatible with the CC-Link IE time-sensitive networking (TSN) protocol. The Anybus CompactCom 40 CC-Link IE TSN embedded communication interface provides a gigabit Ethernet connection and TSN functionality in one package, and is reported to give users a fast track to connecting products to CC-Link IE TSN networks for future-proof applications.

CC-Link IE TSN is the first open industrial network protocol to combine gigabit Ethernet bandwidth with TSN functionality, delivering the advances of network convergence. This new Anybus device gives product developers increased options when designing products that can take advantage of these benefits. It can easily be designed into new products or provide a convenient upgrade path for companies already using Anybus interfaces.

CLPA supported HMS in developing CompactCom 40, which is a fully compatible TSN product supporting certification class B. The Anybus NP40 industrial network processor is at the core of the CompactCom 40, ensuring high performance by transferring up to 1,420 bytes of process data in each direction and guaranteeing synchronization accuracy of 1 μs or less.

CompactCom 40’s CC-Link IE TSN interface is available in different formats, enabling customers to choose the form factor that suits their needs. The first is an all-in-one module that includes hardware, firmware and connectors, and is available with or without housing. The second is a hardware and firmware packaged in a compact brick form factor, which is reported to be the best choice for applications with limited space, and where a specific connector or protection class is required.

“We’ve been working closely with the CLPA and are extremely happy to help expand the comprehensive CLPA development ecosystem with Anybus,” says Samuel Alexandersson, business line director for Anybus Embedded at HMS. “It shows our commitment to TSN and allows companies to start working with the exciting CC-Link IE TSN technology without having to develop a solution themselves.”

Tom Burke, global strategic Advisor at CLPA, adds, “We’re thrilled that HMS Networks is continuing to support our open network technologies and equipped its latest Anybus CompactCom 40 with CC-Link IE TSN compatible communications. This is a state-of-the-art device that complements and expands the broad range of industrial automation products compatible with our leading technology. This latest achievement highlights the acceptance of CC-Link IE TSN as enabler for Industry 4.0 applications and it will support machine builders and end users in the creation of future-oriented, smart solutions that drive productivity, efficiency and ultimately competitiveness. We look forward to supporting the development of more CC-Link IE TSN certified components and their adoption.”

About the Author

Jim Montague | Executive Editor

Jim Montague is executive editor of Control.