More communications options for industrial drives

Paul Boughton
Parker Hannifin is introducing two new communications option cards for its AC890 modular systems drive and AC890PX high-power modular drive to extend the functionality and performance of the AC890 range still further. The new Ethernet/IP and Modbus/TCP cards enable users to choose from seven industry-standard protocols, enabling the AC890 to be integrated into a wider range of systems and networks.

These cards are easily installed by plugging them into an option slot on the AC890 drive and configuring them with DSE lite software. Existing users can also take advantage of the new communications options by upgrading their drives with the current firmware, which can be downloaded for free from the SSD Drives website.

Advantages of Ethernet include its growing popularity on the factory floor, ease of networking, commercially available low-cost cabling and connectors, and a widespread adoption by other automation product vendors - which gives users a broad choice of Ethernet-enabled products.

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