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Ethernet IP Adapter to PROFINET Controller Gateway

Integration of PROFINET I/O Devices through mapping into Ethernet IP Control systems

The epGate PN implements a gateway between an EtherNet/IP scanner (e.g. a Rockwell PLC) and up to 32 PROFINET devices. While the gateway's upper RJ45 socket connects to the EtherNet/IP network as a so-called Adapter (slave), the gateway acts as a PROFINET controller (master) through its lower RJ45 socket. This allows for integration of PROFINET devices and subsystems into EtherNet/IP applications. The Communication Configuration Tool that comes with epGate PN assists in defining the PROFINET configuration and provides ready to use symbolic mapping information for the EtheNet/IP PLC's engineering software. This way the user is relieved from the error-prone task of defining data for both sides of the gateway individually.

Reliable Operation Across Networks Boundaries

  • Connection to the EtherNet/IP network via the so- called adapter (slave); (upper RJ45 socket)
  • PROFINET controller (Master) functionality (lower RJ45 socket)
  • Direct access from EtherNet/IP scanner in the PLC to PROFINET field devices
  • Access to machines with internal PROFINET network by deploying I-Device capabilities (Support of Siemens PLCs)
  • Transparent exchange of I/O data
  • EtherNet/IP side is informed about PROFINET faults and diagnostics
  • EtherNet/IP PLC can activate PROFINET outputs explicitely by a quality value
  • PROFINET outputs switch to safe state if connection to the PLC is lost

Simple Integration Through Add-On Instructions

  • Data access of PLC program to PROFINET devices without requiring detailed PROFINET knowledge
  • Mapping between the two protocols generated by provided tools
  • Use of Add-On Instructions (AOI) containing detailed PROFINET data type definitions
  • Transparent communication overcoming protocol differences

Including configuration tool and integrated web server

  • PC-based configuration software for online access to PROFINET Devices with ready to use symbolic mapping information for the EtheNet/IP PLC‘s engineering software
  • Built-In web server for monitoring of mapping as well as of exchanged data
HardwareProcessorAltera Cyclone V SoC with Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9
 Status LEDs (Gateway)PWR (power supply), RUN (operation), ERR (error), CFG (configuration)
 Status LEDs (EtherNet/IP)Net (network), Mod (module)
 Status LEDs (PROFINET)SF (system fault), BF (bus fault)
ConnectorsEthernet2 x IEEE 802.3 100BASE-TX/10BASE-T (1 Ethernet port per protocol)
Physical PropertiesDimensions (H x W x D)100 mm x 35 mm x 105 mm
 WeightApprox. 0.25 kg
 Power Supply18 VDC ... 32 VDC; SELV/PELV power supply mandatory. Typically 200 mA, maximum 1 A at switch-on
 Operating Temperature,-40 °C … 55 °C (0 mm minimum distance)
 Horizontal DIN Rail-40 °C … 65 °C (17.5 mm minimum distance)
 Operating Temperature,-40 °C … 40 °C (0 mm minimum distance)
 Vertical DIN Rail-40 °C … 50 °C (17.5 mm minimum distance)
 Storage Temperature-40 °C … 85 °C
 Relative Humidity10 % ... 90 %, non condensing
 CoolingConvection, no fan
 MountingDIN Rail (35 mm)
 Housing TypePhoenix Contact ME MAX 35 mm
 Protection ClassIP20
SoftwareProtocolsEtherNet/IP Adapter: 
up to 2 Input Assemblies and 2 Output Assemblies with up to 255 Bytes data each, min. RPI: 2 ms 
PROFINET Controller 
support for up to 16 (standard) or 32 (optional) PROFINET devices, down to 250μs cycle time
 Additional FunctionalityMapping application, web server
 Verified withRockwell Automation PLC Programming Software: V19, V24, V30
ConformityEMC directive 2014/30/ EUApplied harmonised standards:
EN 55011 Industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) devices - radio disturbance - limits and methods of measurement 
EN 55032 Electromagnetic compatibility of multimedia equipment (MME) and interference emission 
EN 61000-6-4 Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC); Part 6-4: generic standard - emission for industrial environments 
EN 61000-6-2 Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC); Part 6-2: generic standard - immunity for industrial environments
 ROHS directive 2011/165/EUA Declaration of Conformity in compliance with the above standards has been made and can be requested from Softing Industrial Automation GmbH.
 FCCThis equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, under part 15 of the FCC Rules.
 VCCIThis Class A product conforms to the regulations of Voluntary Control Council for Interference (VCCI) by Information Technology Equipment.
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