Launched at ACHEMA 2015 last month, the modular Phoenix Contact HART Multiplexer offers Ethernet access to HART instrument data. It is available in both Basic (part number 2702321) and Universal Head station (part number 2702233) configurations. The Basic module can communicate via Ethernet-based protocols like HART-IP and Modbus TCP. The Universal Head station offers all the capability of the Basic, as well as Profinet connectivity.
Expandable to five modules, the product offers a range of expansion modules: both 4- and 8-channel HART modules that have a HART-master on every port; an 8-channel HART module with analog input capability and loop power; and a digital I/O module with four digital inputs, and four digital outputs.
The system integrates into engineering tools that plant operators already have in their facility: Pactware (or other FDT containers), HART Server, HART OPC Server, Siemens Simatic PDM, or Honeywell FDM.
Users can now save time and money in operations that involve loop checks, device calibration, partial stroke testing, and improved process monitoring with multivariable devices.