Molex Incorporated : Brad® HarshIO PROFINET I/O Modules Receive Conformance Class B Certification
Reliable IP67 rated Brad HarshIO PROFINET I/O Modules
integrate fast start-up technology for sensors and actuators
over PROFINET in automation systems
05/30/2012| 11:19am US/Eastern
LISLE, IL - May 30, 2012 - Molex Incorporated announces that
its Brad® HarshIO PROFINET I/O Modules are now certified by the
PNO (PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation) in accordance with PROFINET
specifications meeting all requirements for conformance class
B. Recently launched with Fast Start-Up (FSU) technology to
provide reliable solutions for connecting industrial
controllers to I/O devices, Brad HarshIO modules are suitable
in a range of applications, including automation systems with
higher-level machine control and a deterministic data cycle.
"Conformance Class B certification of Brad HarshIO PROFINET
I/O modules validates conformity to the PROFINET standard and
trouble-free interoperability with other certified devices,"
says Eric Gory, global product manager, Molex. "Coupled with
FSU technology, HarshIO Modules bring exceptional speed to
the market for optimal flexibility in all industries using
robots for repetitive tasks with precision, as well as in
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) support extends
Brad HarshIO module diagnostics of network functions, such as
port status messages. A performance-adapted Media Redundancy
Protocol (MRP) increases data reliability. FSU technology for
PROFINET enables Brad HarshIO Module to start and operate in
less than 500ms. When PROFINET is used to control the
sensors/actuators on the robot tooling, such as on an
automotive welding robot, it is sometimes necessary to
perform quick change of tools. During the successful
certification, Brad HarshIO modules met all requirements for
conformance class B, including easy, user-friendly module
replacement without the need for an engineering tool.
Additionally, Brad HarshIO PROFINET I/O modules support
safety automation architectures using separate power supplies
to power the inputs (sensors) and the outputs (actuators).
The Brad HarshIO power connector includes separate grounding
isolation between the input/logic ground and the output
ground. This feature allows powering the module with two
distinct power supplies commonly used in safety applications.
"System designers often use safety relays that regularly
perform pulse tests to detect short-circuit, ground fault or
an earth fault," explains Gory. "If an error is detected, the
safety function is triggered and unwanted and dangerous plant
conditions can be averted."
Brad HarshIO modules are complemented by a wide range of
Molex products, including cordsets, receptacles,
field-attachable connectors, Ethernet switches, PC
interfaces, gateways, diagnostic tools and simulations
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