Pittsburgh, Penn. – The new C441 Ethernet series of communications cards from Eaton allows customers to select from Ethernet/IP, Modbus TCP, HTTP web services and Modbus RTU communication protocols in a single card. The added communications provides OEMs and industrial customers, as well as machinery OEMs and panel builders, with flexible communication options to configure, control and monitor their systems.
This latest offering is compatible with Eaton C440, XTOE and C441 electronic motor protection relays, S611 soft starters, and can be used as stand-alone I/O. Now, the suite of protocols available for Eaton motor protection and soft starter solutions includes PROFIBUS, Modbus TCP and RTU, DeviceNet, and Ethernet IP.
Integral web services provide an easy-to-use web-based GUI to make it easier to recognize potential problems. Using a laptop or smart device, users can drill down to a given load by simply entering an IP address into their web browser. With four levels of access, the cards ensure only those with credentials have access to critical or sensitive functions.
Problems can be addressed in real time with intelligent monitoring readouts from starters and on-board available four digital inputs (120V AC or 24V DC) and two discrete relay outputs. With a dual port switch, the Ethernet card allows for easy daisy chaining and reliable ring configurations. Additionally, users have the ability to use one network for control and another for monitoring (through the Modbus serial protocol used in parallel with the Ethernet network) allowing redundant communications and greater reliability with a single card.