Beckhoff Automation introduces the IPxxxx-, IL230x-B/C810 | Fieldbus Box modules for RS232.
The input/output modules in the Fieldbus Box modules use a simple, open serial communication protocol based on a master/slave architecture. Only a few functions are required, making them quick and easy to implement.
The KS8000 communication library for Windows 2000/XP is available for communication with the Fieldbus Box modules, offering functions with which it is possible to establish a simple connection from PC applications via the serial PC interface to the Fieldbus Box modules. The KS8000 library also has a DLL interface for any other C/C++ programs.
The OCX interface can be employed within any programming language that works with the specifications of the Component Object Model (COM) from Microsoft (e.g. Visual Basic, Visual C, Delphi, Java, etc.). As an additional operating mode, autonomous master/slave communication can be established between two serial Fieldbus Box modules. The input data from one device are copied directly to the outputs of the other, without the aid of an additional master – and vice versa.
Compact Box modules with serial interfaces are available for all relevant industrial signals. In addition to digital and analogue input and output modules including thermocouple and RTD inputs, there are also incremental encoder interfaces available for displacement and angle measurement.