The SUNIX Industrial Device Server (IDS) perfectly synchronized the factory’s Ethernet/IP network with its industrial serial devices. The device servers have an upper layer protocol fully compatible with standard TCP/IP protocols such as HTTP and SNMP. SUNIX IDS series also offer communication redundancies that are quite important for some serial segments. Those important serial devices integrate through IDS-3042 models which offer redundant ports and 3-in-1 serial ports.
The auto-detection and switching of serial devices (between RS-422 and RS-485) allows this factory to apply the same objects and profiles for plug-and-play interoperability among different serial devices. Ethernet/IP provides manufacturers like this textile company with a proven and future-proof network solution, one that incorporates all the advantages that have made Ethernet and Internet technologies ubiquitous and essential in office applications.
“In our manufacturing facility, we needed a solution to add multiple serial ports connecting loom machines, PLCs, barcode scanners and printers in order to improve product quality assurance and access more detailed manufacturing lot information. We were looking for products that not only provide serial to Ethernet integration, but are also reliable, user friendly, and withstand the harsh factory floor environment. The SUNIX DevicePort was the perfect solution to communicate with all of these added devices on our Ethernet/IP platform. It allowed us to minimize long-term costs and still leverage our current infrastructure investment.”
— Tim Roger, Chief Engineer