PCH Network Portal provides factory automation with new Ethernet communication modules
Parker Hannifin is releasing PCH Network Portal, a new approach to Ethernet communication modules that transforms machine I/O architecture.
Another important feature allows users to tap into the power of IO-Link, extending connectivity to remote IOs and limiting wired connections. The flexibility of IO-Link also allows users to set-up a connection port as a digital input (DI), digital output (DO) or IO-Link master port, bringing added value to applications that include material handling systems, vehicle body assembly, industrial assembly lines, end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) for robots and other automated industrial equipment.
Part of Parker Hannifin’s field bus/industrial network offer, the decentralised I/O and IO-Link master ports of PCH Network Portal pave the way to optimised machine architecture and higher levels of configurability - all while connecting to five sizes of the company’s H Series ISO valves.
PCH Network Portal can communicate with many industrial controllers as it supports EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, Modbus TCP and EtherCAT protocols. This capability makes it ideal for a number of flexible manufacturing applications, including: where machine changes are common; where PLCs are not always accessible; or where obstacles on the plant floor make set-up, configuration and troubleshooting time consuming.
Configurable I/O with true PNP/NPN circuitry switching and IO-Link on each port facilitate easy machine design changes. As a further advantage, built-in programming functions (such as de-bounce timers and time-stamped rolling 40 errors, warnings and events logs) make troubleshooting and integration easy, even for unexperienced programmers. Users can configure and troubleshoot via a laptop, tablet or phone with a secure and lockable Bluetooth® connection.
Able to operate in temperatures between -15 and +49°C, the PCH Network Portal features configurable IO-Link master ports inside an IP65-rated, weld splatter resistant housing to future-proof machines against network architecture changes.
Learn more about PCH Network Portal at: https://ph.parker.com/gb/en/pch-network-portal.