HMS Networks Expands its Anybus Communicator


HMS Networks has announced it has expanded its second-generation Anybus Communicator range of high-performance gateways, enabling more and faster data to be transferred across networks in industrial applications.

Thirteen new versions for data connectivity between EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP, PROFIBUS, and
PROFINET make it simple for users to connect between different control systems, remove automation
islands and maximize operational performance.


The Anybus NP40 industrial network processor ensures that the Communicators meet
demanding requirements in terms of industrial performance, reliability, and security. Featuring new hardware and software, the gateways enable instant data transfer – up to 10 times faster than their predecessors.

Users can also exchange significantly more data between the networks as the gateways transfer up to 1 500
bytes to and from connected PLCs.


Built using carefully selected industrial components and verified against the CE and UL industry standards,
the gateways are designed to handle harsh industrial environments.

To protect users from cyberattacks, the gateways have an onboard physical security switch that prevents
unauthorized configuration changes and secure boot functionality to resist attacks and infections from


Fast installation and configuration procedures are guaranteed thanks to an optimized housing design, an
intuitive GUI, and easy-to-understand documentation.

Installation is simplified thanks to the compact gateway design with forward-facing ports and DIN-rail
mounting, which enables gateway installation close to connected devices, reducing the amount of needed

Users can configure the gateways using drag-and-drop functionality in the web-based GUI, which is
accessible via a dedicated Ethernet port on the gateways. In the GUI, users can also monitor network traffic
and diagnose issues before they become problems.

Hands-on assistance is also available, as a QR code in the GUI provides a step-by-step installation and
configuration guide.

“We are very excited to release these Communicators, our most advanced range of gateways,” explains
Fredrik Brynolf, Product Manager for Anybus gateways at HMS Networks. “The Communicators are reliable,
powerful, and secure. On top of this, they offer a new level of user-friendliness thanks to the optimized
design and the intuitive GUI. All this makes the Communicators excellent choices for anyone looking to
connect data between industrial networks. The Communicators make it simple to connect PLCs, remove
automation islands, and maximize operational performance.”


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