The 2600 is a low-cost, modular measurement and control system designed for applications such as machine control, industrial process control, building automation and remote data acquisition. It uses low cost Ethernet to connect a LAN to a virtually limitless number of I/O measurement and control points. All modules are DIN rail mountable.
A basic system is made from a model 2601 Communication Module, a 24VDC power supply and an Ethernet connection. The Communication Module distributes operating power and communications to as many as sixteen satellite I/O modules. It also monitors interlock signals and routes power to I/O modules through an innovative daisy chain. As an added bonus, each Communication Module includes four RS-232/422/485 communicatio ports for connecting to serial devices such as barcode scanners.
More complex systems are formed by connecting two or more Communication Modules to a network switch, which in turn is connected to a LAN. Each Communication Module is then connected to satellite I/O modules as required.
The Communication Module implements a high-performance, preemptive multi-tasking operating system and UDP/IP stack in firmware. As a result, it boots up in approximately one second. All of the essential standard network protocols are supported: IP, UDP, ICMP, and ARP. It employs a static IP address that can be programmed by connecting a null-modem cable between a PC and the module’s COM4 serial port.