Molex Incorporated (www.molex.com) is proud to launch its all-new Brad SST PB3 Remote Module for PROFIBUS connectivity, which was displayed at the Molex booth 1028 during the Automation Fair last November 3. The stand-alone hardware platform includes Ethernet and PROFIBUS communication ports that enable easy and fast connectivity to any CompactLogix and ControlLogix controller from Rockwell (www.rockwellautomation.com). The module will be released in Q2 CY2011 and feature a one-of-a-kind remote design, allowing the PB3 module to be installed next to the PROFIBUS field device. This reduces the expensive cabling costs that happen when the field device and the controller are placed apart from one another.
“The PB3 module provides the same features of an in-chassis module, but is more flexible and easier to use,” said Eric Gory, product manager of Molex. “Its remote design means the PB3 module can be installed in any convenient location such as inside cabinets, on machines or in cells. Additionally, because of its Ethernet media, the PB3 module can be used in specific applications where a wireless connection is needed.”
The PB3 Remote Module is designed for process control, factory automation and machine building applications. The module is integrated into the Rockwell Software Architecture through several features like Ethernet switch with redundancy capability (DLR); “Add-on-Instructions,” which saves integration time; complete access to device diagnostics and PROFIBUS DP-V1 services; and direct access to I/O data without the need to write ladder logic.
Other features include engineering console that runs slave protocols and PROFIBUS master simultaneously and remote diagnostics and configuration through an Ethernet connection for fast commissioning CommDTM driver, allowing Rockwell users in process control industries to do asset management. It also has the ability for multiple types of equipment to connect to one PB3 Remote Module, as well as features easy sharing of I/O process data.