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PROTOCOLS

Monico's broad-based position in the industrial market has given us the opportunity to work with most of the available protocols in the industrial marketplace. Below are explanations of how we can work with some of the most common protocols as well as an exhaustive list of those we have experience with.

 

Our goal is to offer innovative products and partnerships to our customers. If you don't see the protocol you are looking for, contact us and our support staff will help create a monitoring solution for your needs.

ALLEN BRADLEY

Allen Bradley PLC via Serial and Ethernet

Both the Gateway PLUS and Gateway Basic versions support direct communications with most model Allen Bradley PLC's. With ControlLogix and CompactLogix models, our Gateways act as a master over serial and/or Ethernet to push data to Controller Tags in the PLC. With PLC5, SLC and MicroLogix PLC's, the gateway acts as a DF1 Master over serial or Ethernet to push data directly to Integer, Bit, and Floating Point memory locations with very little setup in the PLC.

 

Each individual port can be independently configured, so we can talk to multiple types of PLC's with only one Gateway. With this capability, our customers do not have to invest in the ProSoft card to deal with Modbus only devices, which can save several thousands of dollars in hardware and programming time. Since each port can be setup independently, we can gather data from multiple devices, aggregate the data and push it into the PLC. In many cases, we will gather data from remote devices and push it to the PLC and then we will pull data from the PLC and aggregate it into a single Monitoring output.

BACNET

BACnet via Serial or Ethernet

BACnet is a protocol established by the HVAC industry and is mainly used in Building Management Systems (BMS) or Building Automation Systems (BAS). This protocol is preferred in these markets because it has an Auto-Discovery feature that allows the management system to upload the mapping, tag names, and tag details directly. This saves huge amounts of time over manually entering literally thousands of parameters and their definitions. For this main reason, it is becoming more popular than Modbus in Building Automation Systems.

 

Monico Gateways support both MSTP protocol over Serial and BACnet UDP/IP over Ethernet. Only the Ethernet versions support the Auto-Discovery feature along with the tag properties. Although we have the capability to be a master or slave, most Monico Gateways act as a slave device and the BMS system acts as a BACnet Master polling data. Since we can setup each port independently, we can gather data from multiple Modbus devices, aggregate this data, and push it into the PLC. In many cases, we will gather data from remote devices and push it to the PLC and then we will pull data from the PLC and aggregate it into a single Monitoring output. Click here for more Information on BACnet.

GE PLC

GE PLC via Serial or Ethernet

The GE version of Monico's Gateways acts as master device and pushes data to most GE models using SNP and SNP-X serial protocols and/or SRTP Protocol over Ethernet. These protocols are commonly used on Series 90 and Versamax as well as many other models. Each individual port can be independently configured, so we can talk to multiple types of PLC's with only one Gateway.

Our customers do not have to deal with other protocol drivers or hardware add-on cards required to talk to Modbus devices, because we can write directly to the analog inputs and digital inputs.

 

Since we can setup each port independently, we can gather data from multiple Modbus devices, aggregate the data, and push it into the PLC. In many cases, we will gather data from remote devices and push it to the PLC and then we will pull data from the PLC and aggregate it into a single Monitoring output.

MODBUS

Modbus RTU or Modbus TCP

Modbus protocol is one of the universally accepted protocols used in the industrial market. Monico Gateways provide a complete solution for Modbus including both Modbus TCP and Modbus RTU Protocols. Our standard versions include Modbus TCP Slave on RS-232 and RS-485 as well as Modbus TCP over Ethernet. Each individual port can be independently configured, so we can talk over multiple ports using multiple protocols using only one gateway. In addition, we can act as a Modbus Master and gather data from multiple devices and then aggregate that data into a single Modbus Slave for a Monitoring or Control system.

 

Our Modbus protocols are very flexible and support the latest changes to allow larger Modbus networks with a maximum of 65535 registers per functions code. We also support many non-standard special versions used by larger machine makers. Click here for more info on the Modbus Protocol.

SIEMENS PLC

Siemens PLC via Serial or Ethernet

The Siemens versions of Monico's Gateways acts as a master device and pushes data to Series S5, S7, and TI-500 series models over both serial and Ethernet networks. Each individual port can be independently configured, so we can talk to multiple types of PLC's with only one Gateway.

 

Because we can write directly to the Data Blocks and Bit level registers, our customers do not have to deal with other protocol drivers or hardware add-on cards required to talk to Modbus devices. Since we can setup each port independently, we can gather data from multiple Modbus devices, aggregate this data, and push it into the PLC. In many cases, we will gather data from remote devices and push it to the PLC and then we will pull data from the PLC and aggregate it into a single Monitoring output.

SNMP

SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol)

SNMP is a protocol that has been used widely in the IT industry for over 20 years because it works well with very large numbers of devices that need to be monitored on the same network. The basic premise of this protocol is that each device monitors itself and sends a trap only when it has a problem. The SNMP Manager software can then poll the device to find out more details on the problem.

 

The SNMP version of Monico's Gateways sets up alarm conditions that can cause a trap to be sent to the Manager. Then it will respond to INFORM requests for further data. The vast majority of IT Professionals are familiar with this protocol. In essence, Monico's Gateway can make your generator look like a server to the IT Network. Click here for more information on SNMP.

WITS

WITS (Wellsite Information Transfer Specification)

WITS is a specialized protocol that was designed to let many different contractors on a well site share information. In most cases, our Gateways in these applications are supplying engine and related equipment information to a well monitoring system so that it can be logged beside all the other well vital parameters.

OTHERS

Other Available protocols & Compatible Devices:

  • AC Tech
  • Adam
  • Alstom
  • Animatics
  • Automation Direct Koyo (PLC Direct)
  • Banner
  • Backhoff ADS
  • Contrex
  • Control Techniques
  • Cruisair Controllers
  • CTC
  • Delta Computer
  • DeviceNet
  • Dupline
  • Ethernet IP
  • EZ Automation
  • Festo
  • FloCom
  • Garmin NMEA 0183
  • Giddings & Lewis
  • HBM
  • Honeywell
  • IDEC
  • IFM
  • IMO
  • Indramat
  • Intelligent Actuator
  • Ircon
  • KEB
  • Keyence
  • King
  • Klockner Moeller
  • KollMorgen 400/600
  • Koyo
  • Krohne
  • Lenze
  • Matsushita
  • Mitsubishi
  • Modem
  • MTS
  • Omron
  • Parker
  • Profibus
  • Quicksilver
  • Red Lion Controls
  • Rexroth
  • Schneider
  • SEW
  • Siemens
  • SSD Drives/Eurotherm
  • Telemechanique
  • Toshiba
  • Unitronics
  • Yaskawa
  • Yokogawa