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Exlar announces the implementation of Ethernet/IP with its Tritex II linear and rotary actuators and the accompanying ODVA Declaration of Conformity to the Ethernet/IP specification.

Ethernet/IP operates over the Ethernet medium and is used for communication between industrial control systems and their components, such as a programmable automation controller, PLC or an I/O system.

This communication link to a PLC or HMI enables operators to send and receive the data they require in a timely manner to operate the Tritex II actuator with a machine automation control system.

Some of the features of the Exlar Ethernet/IP implementation include: transfer of 100 input and 100 output 16-bit registers; Ethernet/IP register mapping and configuration setup through the Tritex Expert software interface allows access to any parameter; connection through industrial standard M12 Ethernet connector; connectivity to Rockwell PLCs that support implicit or explicit messaging; and connectivity to any other Ethernet/IP Master/Server device (HMI, PLC or other automation control system) that supports Ethernet/IP.

Tritex II actuators operate from 100-240V AC, allowing direct connection to factory power sources.

Enhanced Expert software features include 16 programmable indexes, linked moves and communications via the actuator’s Modbus port.

Through a RS/485 protocol, this port allows complete control, programming and monitoring of all aspects of the Tritex actuator as it performs an application.

The Tritex actuator has ample I/O capability including eight digital inputs, four digital outputs and one analogue input and output.

Feedback choices include analogue hall effect (standard) and incremental encoder for high positioning resolution.

The new Tritex design offers excellent connectivity with internal terminals accessible through the actuator’s removable cover, said Exlar.

Tritex also offers provision for imperial or metric threaded ports for cable sealing glands, optional M23/M16 connectors for power and I/O, with an M8 connector for the RS/485 port.

Tritex linear actuators provide the same form factor as hydraulic and pneumatic actuators, and allow all-electric retrofits in former fluid power applications.

They are available with several different mountings (metric or imperial), such as front flange, rear clevis mount, side mount, trunnion mount, extended tie rod and rear flange.

Tritex rotary actuators are available in standard IEC metric dimensions.

Direct-drive units, as well as units with integral planetary gearing, provide compact solutions for most rotary applications.

Custom mounting and options for both rotary and linear actuators are available to meet all installation requirements.

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