As a trusted partner in your communications needs, Real Time Automation® is continuously developing next-generation integration solutions to solve your most pressing connectivity issues.
That’s where RTConnect comes in.
Your devices and systems are generating mountains of valuable data that’s going uncaptured. That data could help you increase efficiency and avoid unnecessary downtime. With RTConnect from RTA, you can easily aggregate the information from your various devices and systems to monitor, alarm and report on all that generated data to make smarter business decisions on your factory floor.
The RTConnect Protocol Module (the Module) adds industrial protocol connectivity to any device. The Module from RTA is the next generation of industrial protocol integration on the factory floor. It offers device manufacturers and OEMs the smallest embedded gateway solution to hit the market.
Adding EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP and BACnet to your device will no longer require an extensive or complicated redesign. You can remove the technical burden of integrating communications software into your device’s application. Any device with a serial port can now add Ethernet-based communication protocols with a simple PCB alteration.
Simply supply the Module with 3.3VDC and route your existing serial interface to it. The Module can be configured to interface with your device over Modbus RTU or ASCII commands: you don’t have to change any application code. The Module maps data to and from your device for presentation on EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP and BACnet/IP networks.
Deploying and maintaining the growing number and variants of communication technology is untenable for most device manufacturers. The resources required are immense and the effort is a distraction from focusing on your device’s core features and functions. The Module removes those burdens.
The RTConnect Protocol Module gives you a suite of protocols to help you access the leading automation market segments. Here’s what else the Module delivers.
|Add Ethernet-based communications protocols with a single unit||Proven PHY reduces the complexity of adding Ethernet to your device|
|Extremely small foot print||Makes incorporation easy, even in the tightest spots|
|Includes Ethernet/IP, Modbus TCP and BACnet||Support multiple ethernet communication protocols in a single form factor|
|Easily interface with existing Modbus RTU and serial-based ASCII devices||Leverages common industry protocols as base form|
|Protocol certification support and assistance is available*||RTA expertise minimizes testing parameters and reduces time to market|
|Web browser based network setting and diagnostics||Allows access from almost any device so you can focus on your core IP|
*RTConnect offers the same industry-leading support that RTA has been delivering to satisfied customers all over the world since 1989. When you call, a live person will answer the phone. And when you get support, it’s from an engineer who had a hand in the product’s development. You won’t need a ticket and you won’t wait 24 hours for someone to get back to you.
The RTConnect Protocol Module communicates to the host processor over a serial physical layer, leveraging either Modbus RTU or ASCII communications, and then presents the device data as EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP or BACnet.
|Footprint||1.45 x .75 x .72″|
|Presentation Protocols||Modbus TCP, EtherNet/IP, BACnet/IP, Profinet (Profinet released Q3 2023)|
|Board Interface Protocols||Modbus RTU, ASCII serial Client|
|Board interface Options||RS232, TTL—Serial data rate up to 921,600|
|Power||+3.3 volts DC|
|Temp Range||-40ºC to +85ºC (-40ºF to +185ºF)|
|Certifications||RoHS Compliant, REACH|
|Indicators (LED)||10 Base-T Connection, 100 Base-T Connection, Link and Activity Indicator (Full/Half Duplex)|
Contact a member of our Enginerd® team to talk through your particular application needs and explore how RTConnect can be integrated into your product. Call 800-249-1612 or complete the form below.
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