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<ul><li><p>NewsSummer 2006 Issue</p><p>News about the Worlds Most Popular Industrial Protocol</p><p>Modbus in theWireless WorldWere not kidding when we say Modbus is everywhere. Asthe most ubiquitous industrial communicationsprotocol in the world, Modbus is found in everyconceivable industry and application. Modbusserial predominates in many legacy applicationsand the number of Modbus TCP/IP applications grows asEthernet becomes the preferred communication medium.</p><p>The most recent space to findModbus is in wireless applications.This is the focus of the ModbusOrganizations exhibit planned forISAEXPO 2006.</p><p>We will be showcasing applications in four wirelesstechnology spheres. Member companies will be there to talkabout Modbus products in:</p><p> GPRS (General Packet Radio Service)(Spectrum Controls)</p><p> Radio(ProSoft Technology, Inc.)</p><p> 802.11 (Wi/Fi)(Sealevel Systems)</p><p> Bluetooth(Schneider Electric)</p><p>Visit the Modbus-IDA booth to learn about devices andapplications in all four technologies. Members will displaytheir products and be available to help out with questionsabout both wireless and traditional Modbus applications.</p><p>Modbus TCP/IPIEC UpdateModbus-IDA Technical Director, Rudy Belliardi, has beenworking closely with the IEC as the Modbus TCP/IPprotocol progresses through the process of review andvoting by member countries.In September 2004, the protocol along with a companionprotocol known as RTPS, was submitted to IEC SC65Cas a real-time industrial Ethernet suite.With the positive vote in 2004, the Modbus TCP/IPprofile was accepted by the IEC as a Publicly AvailableSpecification and eligible to become partof future editions of the InternationalStandards IEC 61158 and IEC 61784-2.In approving the document, severalnational committees asked that thespecification be reformatted for betterintegration into the revision of IEC-61158 (Ed 4.0 2007),the well-known fieldbus standard.Today, the reformatted specification has been submittedfor review, and the organization is awaiting commentsand requests for changes that will be addressed by adeadline later in the year. After that, more review and afinal vote is expected in late 2007.When this process is completed, Modbus-IDA plans tomake the revised protocol available on the Modbus-IDAwebsite as soon as possible.The current version of the protocol is available on theTechnical Resources page , www.modbus.org/tech.php.</p><p>Members, join Modbus-IDAsMarketing Committee. Help</p><p>steer the organizationsmarketing programs to bestserve your companys needs!e-mail info@modbus-ida.org</p><p>Visit Modbus-IDAISA EXPO 2006October 17 - 19Houston, Texas</p><p>Booth 2005</p></li><li><p>Organization News Organization NewsMeet Some of Our Members...</p><p>JoinModbus-IDAsee back cover for</p><p>details...</p><p>The Betec Engineering developmentteam has extensive experience inindustrial electronics. They workcooperatively on complex tasks inhardware and software, bringinginnovative ideas to manufacturingreliably and economically. Together withthe users, technical designers and buyers,they define a projects requirements,then set their development engineers tocreating the new design, coordinatinghardware and software developmentinto prototyypes, optimizing the newproduct until the prototype passestesting and is ready for production. Inshort, Betec offers technical supportduring product and processdevelopment; hardware and softwaredesign, system development, andhousing prototyping.(www.betec-electronic.de)</p><p>The Central Power ResearchInstitute (CPRI) is the powerhouse of the Indian electricalindustry. Set up in 1960 by theGovernment of India, it functions asa center for applied research inelectrical power engineering assistingthe electrical industry in productdevelopment and quality assurance.CPRI also serves as an independentauthority for testing and certificationof power equipment. CPRIsgoverning body includesprofessionals from industry, utilities,academic and research institutions,and the government.(powersearch.cpri.res.in)</p><p>California-based AutomatedSolutions develops OPC servers andActiveX controls for HMI and SCADAdevelopment. The company offersfully functioning30-day trialversions of all itssoftware products.These include anOPC Server forModbus/TCPcompatible devices,OPC Server for Modbus RTU andASCII compatible devices, Modbus/TCP Master ActiveX Control, ModbusRTU and ASCII Master ActiveXControl, Modbus Plus Master ActiveXControl, and Modbus RTU/ASCII/TCP Slave ActiveX Controls.(www.automatedsolutions.com)</p><p>Hilscher develops and manufacturessolutions for fieldbus and industrialEthernet, including PC cards, gateways,ASICs for major systems such asModbus, Profibus, Profinet,DeviceNet, CC-Link, InterBus,CANopen, ControlNet, AS-Interface,SERCOS, Industrial Ethernet, andEtherNet/IP.Hilschers PKV 30 Protocol Converterprovides protocol conversion betweendifferent standard protocols such as3964R, RK512, Modbus, Modnet, andmore.(www.hilscher.com)</p></li><li><p>Join! Design! Test! Promote! Apply!Organization News Organization News</p><p>FSC, Inc., basedin Falls Church,Virginia, is an independent softwarevendor providing IT solutions forproperty managers in the FederalEnterprise. The companys Federal RealProperty Management/EnergyConsumption application supports therequirements of the Energy Policy Actof 2005 and includes an EDI modulefor processing invoices received fromutilities that are in electronic format.FSCs advance meter module usesModbus protocol to collect intervaldata on an enterprise basis.(www.govtproperty.com)</p><p>Matrikon Inc. will be sponsoring itsMatrikonOPC User GroupConferences this fall. The conferencesare focused on Driving Connectivity.They promise to provide practicalhands-on information for industrial</p><p>connectivity issues.</p><p>The MatrikonOPC User Groupconference has something to offer forprofessionals from the plant-floor tothe boardroom. Sessions are designedto equip attendees with intelligence forusers of all experience levels, withtracks focused on OPC fundamentals,advanced OPC integration andcorporate strategies.Scheduled in Houston, Texas onSeptember 13 and 14 and Koln,Germany on October 11 and 12, 2006,MatrikonOPC, industry experts, andend-users will present best practices,lessons learned, case studies andvendor-neutral solutions. Eventssurrounding the conference datesinclude OPC hands-on workshops,Executive Standardization sessions,SCADA Security Classes and interactivepanel discussions.</p><p>Modbus-IDA will be at the conferenceat both the table-top exhibition and as apresenter. Fred Cohn, Modbus-IDApresident, will lead a session titled,Modbus Protocols Openness and SimplicityComplement OPCs Power in IndustrialEthernet.He will focus on OPC as the industrystandard method for SCADA andinformation systems to access plantfloor information. OPCs Client/Server architecture fits perfectly in thePC environments hosting SCADAsystems. For OPC Servers to acquiredata from the plant floor, a simple,cost-effective, open protocol is needed</p><p>Modbus Represented at UpcomingMatrikonOPC Users Group Meeting in Houston</p><p>that is consistent with the architecturesand cost targets of industrial devices.The Modbus protocol, originallydeveloped for serial devicecommunications, has successfullymigrated to industrial Ethernetarchitectures due to its simplicity,openness, and scalability. Modbus,therefore, perfectly complements theOPC architecture by allowing OPCServers to communicate easily andefficiently to a full range of end devicesfound in industrial applicationsOther speakers at the conferenceincludes Dick Morley, father of theprogrammable controller (PLC); JimPinto, industry commentator; TomBurke, OPC Foundation President; EricMurphy, OPC Foundation HDAChairperson, and others.Conference topics include:</p><p> Understanding the advantagesof implementing OPC technologies</p><p> Learning different OPCspecifications (OPC DA, A&amp;E,HDA, XML, UA)</p><p> Resolving common and advancedDCOM problems</p><p> Securely passing Process Datathrough firewalls</p><p> Increasing system interoperability Automating Process Control</p><p>systems Data exchange and amalgamation SCADA Security</p><p>Register for theMatrikonOPC UserConferenceDates:Houston, TX Sept 13-14Koln, Germany Oct 11-12www.matrikonopc.com/opcug</p><p>Phoenix Contact Inc. develops andmanufactures specialized electroniccomponents and connection systems.The company offers a diverse range ofproducts designed for industrialapplications including terminal blocks,power supplies, signal conditioners,industrial connectors, and automationsystems. Phoenix Contact has U.S.headquarters located in Harrisburg,Pennsylvania and world headquarters inBlomberg, Germany.(www.phoenixcon.com)</p><p>Trojan Technologies is a leadingwater treatment technology companywith the largest installed base of UVsystems in operation around the world.It specializes in the design, manufactureand sale of pressurized and open-channel ultraviolet disinfection systemsfor: municipal wastewater; municipal,commercial and residential drinkingwater; environmental contaminanttreatment; and industrial applications.(www.trojanuv.com)</p></li><li><p>Modbus Products and Innovations</p><p>Anybus X Gateways Translate(almost) Anything</p><p>HMS Industrial Networks picked the right namewhen they developed the Anybus X series gateways. TheAnybus-X Gateways have been designed for use in harshindustrial environments featuring standard DIN railmounting, IP 20 rating and 24-Volt DC power supply.</p><p>The Gateways are intelligent standalone devices supporting fanless operation andindustrial operating temperatures. The design is based on two embedded Anybuscommunication modules and one additional gateway processor. Thanks to the widerange of Anybus-S Slave and Anybus- M Master modules, more than 150 Anybus-Xgateway combinations are available. There is no programming involved. Yousimply choose the gateway version that supports the two networks you want tobridge. For each of all possible network combinations, there is a separate gateway. The gateway concept primarily focuseson the transfer of cyclic I/O data between two networks. During the set-up of the gateway, you select the amount ofI/O to be transferred between Network 1 and Network 2. Since industrial networks support different amounts of I/Odata, the network with the smaller amount of I/O data determines how much data can be transferred in each case.</p><p>The Anybus-X Gateway product family supports 17 different Fieldbus networks. The Anybus-X Gateways help controlsystems integrators to interconnect any two networks enabling consistent information flow throughout the entire plant.</p><p>For more information, visit www.anybus.com.</p><p>Phoenix Digitals Modbus Port Expander Plus (MPE+) product operates as a ModbusMulti-Master Multiplexer, network server, and communication controller all in one.Phoenix Digitals Modbus Optical Communication Modules (OCMs) provide multidropfiber optic communications for high reliability Modbus communications. The MPE+ and OCMs are available in modularstandalone, panelmount enclosures and 19-inch rackmount/panelmount enclosures with integral 120/220 VAC, 24 VDC, or125 VDC power supplies. Modbus Port Expander+ features include: Multi-Master Multiplexer</p><p>Muliplex up to 8 Modbus Masters with a Single MPE+Cascade multiple MPE+ units for additional Modbus Master Multiplexing capability.</p><p> Self-teaching, real-time databaseInstantaneous Modbus ResponseNo-Wait Screen Updating.</p><p> Hot standby, failsafe operation Peer-to-peer Modbus Communications</p><p>Communicate directly between Modbus slave devices Host-to-Host Modbus Comunications</p><p>Communicate directly between Modbus host devices Interfaces dissimilar Modbus devices</p><p>On-the-fly conversion of all Modbus communication parameters, including ASCII/RTUFor more information, visit www.phoenixdigitalcorp.com.</p><p>Modbus Port Expander Plus</p><p>Modbus Port Expander</p><p>Anybus X Gateway</p></li><li><p>Modbus-IDA Discussion Forums</p><p>On June 10th Ed Francy asked,I am starting development of aModbus slave. Is there some standardfor mapping Modbus registers forconfiguration and measurements? Howis a Modbus master configured to usethese if I just assign them any way Iwish?I have implemented a HART slavepreviously, and HART controllers havea special language (DDL) for defininghow HART masters interact with slaves.Is there anything like this for Modbus?All the specs. I have found on theModbus protocol define just theprotocol, not specfics about how tomap your devices I/O. Am I missingsomething?Another question - must I do themultiply floating point values thendivide on the other end method totransfer floating point values? Or can Itransfer a 4 byte floating point numberwith two register reads?Dweebyone replied,</p><p>There are 4 basic types of register inModicon Modbus: 0x register represents a digital output 1x register represents a digital input 4x register represents an analogue</p><p>output (16 bit) 3x register represents an analogue</p><p>input (16 bit)Only the Modbus master can initiatecommunications. The Modbus mastercan request data from any slave on thenetwork. It should receive a reply fromthe slave in question. You can alsobroadcast i.e., send a request to ALLthe slaves on the network. Whenbroadcasting, no reply is given tomaster.There are various Modbus Functioncodes that specify what the master is</p><p>asking of the slave. For example, youmay wish to read one off 1x register,or multiple 1x registers. There would bea different function code for these twoinstructions. There are various functioncodes for reading/writing or both, for0x , 1x, 3x, and 4x type registers.See www.modbus.org for more info.An anonymous poster commented,Modbus is the protocol (language) thatyou use to communicate to the device.The address assignments are a functionof the device you are working with andthey vary.Modicon addressing (which is astandard since it was associated withModbus initially) uses the first digit todetermine if it is a digital or analoginput/output and the other digits forthe addressing.With PLCs, which allow you to addressthe I/O as you like, my experience is itis preferable to start your hardwareaddressing (input/output modules)from the lowest address and keep theaddresses contiguous. Allow for futureexpansion if required.If your device isnt flexible then youhave to use the addressing that theyhave configured.Another user suggested:</p><p>Masters come in different shapes,forms, and flavors.Some Modbus masters have the abilityto read contiguous slave registers as ablock.So you want to consider which slaveregisters might be most useful to themaster client and designate them ascontiguous registers. Leave the rarelyused or esoteric value registers on theperiphery of the slave map.</p><p>Newbie Question on RegisterAssignments...</p><p>From the Modbus User ForumQ&amp;A</p><p>Ask your question or helpout a fellow engineer on theModbus Discussion Forums:</p><p> modbus.control.com</p><p>Modbus RTU to Ethernet...On June 15th, Carsten Roll wrote:</p><p>I want to talk to some meters usingModbus RTU across Ethernet. I havean RS 485 serial to Ethernet converter.Is that possible with the device? Or doI need a special Modbus Ethernetconverter? I have the ADAM 4570from www.advantech.com, but I amwondering why...</p></li></ul>