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Control network connection

04 December 2013

The EK9300 PROFINET IO Bus Coupler from Beckhoff can connect different control networks with each other in a simple and efficient manner.

This enables a PROFINET controller to exchange data with one or more EtherCAT, PROFINET, PROFIBUS and EtherNet/IP systems. Thus, the EK9300 can be used as a flexible gateway for real-time communication between these networks, with all the advantages provided by the EtherCAT network as an extremely high performance lower-level I/O system.

The EK9300 Bus Coupler converts the telegrams from PROFINET IO to the EtherCAT "E-Bus” signal type. One station consists of an EK9300 and any number of EtherCAT Terminals. The coupler supports the PROFINET RT protocol and, therefore, fits seamlessly into PROFINET IO networks.

With its new firmware and the corresponding EtherCAT Terminals, the EK9300 Bus Coupler can be used as a flexible gateway between different network and controller types:

  • from PROFINET to EtherCAT (with EL6692-0000)
  • from PROFINET to PROFINET (with EL6631-0010)
  • from PROFINET to PROFIBUS (with EL6731-0010)
  • from PROFINET to EtherNet/IP  (with EL6652-0010).

In this way, heterogeneous production systems can be networked by real-time communication without great effort and expense. For example, product-relevant management information can be collected in distributed units with different control systems or data can be exchanged in real-time between two PROFINET networks deliberately placed in different IP spaces.