As an advanced solution, KEB's EtherCAT Multi-Fieldbus Interface (MFI) connects EtherCAT Digital IO to other industrial communication protocols. The EtherCAT MFI module supports connection to ProfiNet, Powerlink, and EtherNet/IP networks, enabling streamlined data exchange and enhanced connectivity.
EtherCAT Multi-Fieldbus Interface (MFI)
The EtherCAT Multi-Fieldbus Interface serves as a pivotal gateway between EtherCAT I/O and other fieldbus systems. This advanced slave device enables users to establish a bridge between EtherCAT and a secondary fieldbus interface, making cross-communication between industrial protocols straightforward.
Fieldbus Diversity: The MFI is available in three versatile variants: EtherNet/IP adapter, ProfiNet I/O device, and Powerlink slave. This comprehensive compatibility allows users to interconnect various fieldbus networks effortlessly.
Seamless Data Exchange: Users can exchange up to 300 bytes of process data per scan between two fieldbus networks. This high data throughput facilitates efficient and real-time information sharing between different parts of a production process.
Comprehensive Compatibility: The MFI collaborates seamlessly with KEB’s entire range of I/O modules, encompassing digital, analog, relay, counter, safety, and stepper motor control modules. This ensures that the MFI easily integrates into various industrial setups.
Precision Synchronization: The MFI employs the EtherCAT protocol, renowned for its precision synchronization capabilities. This enables synchronized data exchange and position measurements with high accuracy, crucial for applications demanding precision and synchronization.
Robust Industrial Ethernet: Supporting EtherCAT and other protocols like ProfiNet, EtherNet/IP, and Powerlink, the MFI leverages the power of industrial Ethernet to provide reliable and efficient communication in demanding industrial environments.
Compact and Versatile Design: The MFI boasts a compact design, fitting seamlessly into industrial setups. Its DIN rail mountable form factor (35mm) and dimensions (25x120x90 mm W x H x D) ensure easy integration into existing systems.
Electrical Protocols Supported:
- Profinet Slave
- EtherNet/IP Adapter
- EtherCAT Slave
- Powerlink Slave
- DIN Rail Mount: 35mm
- Dimensions: 25x120x90 mm (WxHxD)
- Operating Temperature: 0 … +55 °C
- Storage Temperature: -25 … +70 °C
- Relative Humidity: 5 … 95 % (without condensation)
The EtherCAT Multi-Fieldbus Interface finds its application across various industrial sectors, including manufacturing, automation, robotics, and process control.
It is particularly suited for setups requiring high-precision synchronization, real-time data access, and efficient communication between diverse fieldbus networks.
The KEB EtherCAT Multi-Fieldbus Interface empowers industries with enhanced connectivity and seamless integration between EtherCAT I/O systems and various fieldbus protocols.
With its versatile compatibility, high data throughput, and precision synchronization capabilities, the MFI stands as a pivotal solution for optimizing industrial communication across different protocols.
Experience the future of interconnectivity with the EtherCAT Multi-Fieldbus Interface by KEB America.