Thursday, January 21, 2016

Jan 2016 Newsletter

January Newsletter - Industrial Data Xchange

January 2016
IDX aims to provide world class industrial connectivity solutions that solve challenging integration problems in a growing and changing industrial market.

"Normal people believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features yet." 
The Dilbert Principle (1996), p. 174

For more information on Network Audits, please see our support page

PROFIBUS Master to PROFINET IO Device (AB7646)

The Anybus AB7646 X-Gateway from HMS is tried, tested and respected within the industry. It is easy to install, configure and it will give you years of pain-free data communication, ensuring maximum reliability across your different industrial data communication networks.

The AB7646 acts a PROFIBUS master, allowing you to add multiple PROFIBUS slaves on the one side, and on the other side it acts as a PROFINET IO device, thereby allowing you to connect your PROFIBUS slaves to a PROFINET network.

To find out more about this device, please contact IDX sales, alternatively follow this link

New Year Special

Was: R4 050.00ea
Now: R3 550.00ea
PROFIBUS B1 Segment Repeater
  • Compact design
  • Redundant power supply for high availability
  • Unlimited cascading of the B1 repeaters
  • Extend your network length
  • Add more devices
  • Create branch lines
  • Isolate noisy segments
  • ProfiTrace inspection port                

  • Special runs from 15 January 2016 to 15 February 2016
  • All prices are exclusive of VAT
  • Free delivery within South Africa for all orders above R6000.00
  • Whilst stocks last
  • Orders to be in within the specified dates

Happy New Year!

We wish you a prosperous and productive 2016,and look forward to partnering with your company in order to develop sustainable, reliable and value-add solutions for you and your clients.

Become a Certified PROFIBUS Engineer

PROFIBUS is one of the world market leaders in Fieldbus technology. Designed and produced by the combined efforts of many of the field’s top development engineers, PROFIBUS is renowned for its stability and reliability when properly installed and maintained.

You would not allow a brick layer to fix your car. Having staff without any knowledge of the systems they are required to work on can be both dangerous and costly, and employing staff who know only a little can be even more hazardous.

Empowering your staff with the knowledge required to maintain your PROFIBUS network can reduce maintenance and downtime.
The PROFIBUS International Certified Engineers Course is a 4½ day, practical training course aimed at producing fully competent PROFIBUS personnel, with an in-depth understanding of the technology, and what goes into implementing and maintaining well-structured and reliable PROFIBUS network. Once trained, PROFIBUS Certified Engineers are equipped to troubleshoot any technical difficulties that might accompany a PROFIBUS installation.

Upcoming Courses in 2016

17 February 2016 - Certified PROFIBUS Installer with Troubleshooting
19 February 2016 - PROCENTEC COMbricks and ProfiTrace Training (free!)
22 February 2016 - Certified PROFIBUS Installers with Engineers
11 March 2016 - Netbiter Remote Monitoring Training (free!)
16 March 2016 - AS-I Concept and Implementation Course
17 March 2016 - MODBUS Concept and Implementation Course
18 March 2016 - Anybus Protocol Converter Training (free!)

Please follow the below link for our 2016 training schedule!

Contact the Academy Now to book your place.                                                

Monday, January 11, 2016

IDX StarNET Gateway Update

IDX StarNET Gateway
In November and December 2015 we were hard at work with a major update of the IDX StarNET Gateway. Firstly, we moved the entire gateway logic into our IDX 8 Data Exchange framework, which has a couple of benefits. The gateway is now part of the growing IDX 8-based software gateway family that is operationally proven yet has powerful configuration capabilities that the old text-file based configuration approach just won't match. IDX 8 also contains a number of existing connectors that we felt would be beneficial to have in the StarNET world, such as MODBUS RTU/TCP.
We also added two new StarNET interface types to address the increasing number of requests for ESP communications. So the gateway can now also act as both an ESP Tributary and Controller in the standard J/K table exchange mode at all the standard ESP baud rates via one (or more) of the built-in RS-232/422/485 serial ports.
A combination HDLC/ESP interface was commissioned and tested at US Steel’s East Chicago Tin mill in December and is now running live as a replacement for an old COMsoft SNL-based solution.
Finally, we moved the StarNET gateway to a new hardware platform that allows for greater flexibility on the expansion side of things, meaning practically any fieldbus with an available PCIe/PCI interface can now be accommodated inside the gateway. We continue to add interfaces by popular demand or when customers explicitly require a particular type of connection.
Looking forward, we hope to add a StarNET HDLC Master implementation in the not-too-distant future as we currently already have a stand-alone implementation we use for all our testing purposes.