Communications & Networks
Parker Hannifin releases PCH Network Portal Ethernet module
February 1, 2021 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Parker Hannifin has released the PCH Network Portal, an Ethernet node with IO-Link master capability that supports multiple Industrial Ethernet communication protocols (EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, Modbus TCP and EtherCAT).
The portal is classified as a cyber-physical system for its ability to communicate across machinery while offering maximum function integration.
The PCH Network Portal was engineered with configurable I/O with true PNP / NPN circuitry switching and the open protocol, IO-Link, on each port for machine design changes.
With built-in configurable IO-Link master ports all packed into an IP65, weld splatter-resistant housing, the PCH Network Portal features programming functions such as debounce timers and time stamped rolling 40 errors, warnings and events logs.
Configuration can be done via a laptop, tablet, or phone via a secure and lockable Bluetooth connection, providing remote control of the PCH Network Portal to enhance safety, especially when dealing with robot controllers or end effector tooling.