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What Are PowerLinks?

Ethernet Powerlink is a real-time protocol for standard Ethernet. The Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group manages the protocol. B&R, an Austrian automation company, introduced the technology in 2001. Today, it is widely used in industrial automation. Read on to learn more about powerlinks. Here are some common uses for Ethernet Powerlink. This article is written for people who use the technology in industrial automation. It is an open standard.

SRAM’s PowerLocks

The first and foremost benefit of SRAM’s PowerLinks is the tool-free chain connection. With PowerLock, your 10-speed chain is sure to be connected. The second benefit is that it doesn’t take up valuable storage space. PowerLock also means that you don’t have to worry about losing your chain if it becomes loose. And because it’s so secure, it can withstand a lot of wear and tear.

A Powerlink consists of two parts, an outer plate and a pin. The pins latch into a hole in the opposite half of the Powerlink. Each Powerlink has a “head” that sits in an inset in the other plate. To remove the head, you need to press the two plates inwards. The next time you want to install or remove a Powerlink, you can reuse it.

SRAM’s CompactCom 40-series

CompactCom is the latest technology in industrial multi-network connectivity, and offers device manufacturers the ability to integrate 20 different networks into one device. These powerlinks are available in chip, brick and module form factors, and are already embedded in millions of industrial automation devices. CompactCom technology provides a wide variety of benefits, including the ability to easily upgrade to new form factors and networks. Here are some of its key features.

The Anybus CompactCom 40-series supports Ethernet Powerlink connectivity for industrial devices. Powerlink is an industrial Ethernet network that began as an initiative by the Austrian automation company B+R. This technology has since been recognized by numerous other manufacturers of automation products and systems. Allbus CompactCom 40-series powerlinks provide full flexibility for customers, thanks to their Ethernet hubs. These powerlinks are compatible with multiple protocols, such as Modbus, and feature an Ethernet port for easy integration.

SRAM’s Anybus NP40 network processor

The Anybus NP40 network processor is a single-chip network processor that features an ARM core with FPGA fabric. The ARM core runs the application and protocol stack while the FPGA fabric implements real-time Ethernet interfaces. This processor supports Powerlink, EtherCAT, and Sercos III as well as PROFINET IRT and HMS EtherCAT core technology. It is designed to deliver high performance and low power consumption.

The NP40 supports all major Industrial Ethernet and Fieldbus networks. Device manufacturers can simply download the latest firmware to support additional networks. This simplifies the development process for device manufacturers. They can integrate the communication interface into their products and then install the latest firmware for a new network. The NP40 is ideal for powerlink applications in the industrial environment. Its flexibility makes it ideal for automation and control systems.