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The Linking Device's primary function is the fast transfer of large cyclic I/O data between the two networks. There is also support for acyclic data. This offloads your Logix PLC from working with additional calculations. The Linking Device acts as a slave (adapter) on EtherNet/IP and as a powerful Master on the PROFIBUS side, handling up to 7000 bytes of I/O data. The data transfer between the two networks is completely transparent.
With its unique Studio 5000® Logix designer integration, everything is accessible from within Studio 5000, including PROFIBUS network configuration. No extra 3rd-party software or licenses needed.
EtherNet/IP Linking Devices are configured using a Custom Add On Profile for Studio 5000 Logix Designer which dynamically generates data structures based on the configuration. No ladder logic files (add on instructions) needed.
Furthermore, it also supports automatic generation of named and structured Studio 5000 controller tags, which eliminates the need to create alias tags.
The Linking Device has an integrated powerful PROFIBUS Master interface
The Linking Device has the very latest ODVA EtherNet/IP adapter functionality