Process Industries

NI Announces LabView-Industrial Network Interfaces

June 9, 2010

The new modules link LabView with Profibus, Foundation Fieldbus, and DeviceNet buses, allowing engineers to add high-speed measurements, custom control, and Web connectivity to existing PLC- and DCS-based systems.

AUSTIN, TX /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- National Instruments announced new interfaces for Profibus, Foundation Fieldbus, and DeviceNet that make it possible for engineers to connect LabView, programmable automation controllers (PACs) and embedded systems to their existing industrial networks. The new interfaces provide industrial control engineers the ability to add high-speed measurements and analysis, advanced control, Web connectivity, and data logging to existing systems to improve the performance and quality of their machines. The new NI CompactRIO Profibus C Series modules connect CompactRIO and NI Single-Board RIO to Profibus DP networks as masters or slaves, which add high-performance measurements and custom control to systems that have standardized on Profibus. In addition, NI announced a new one-port Foundation Fieldbus H1 interface for USB and a pair of DeviceNet master boards for PXI and PCI.

Currently, Profibus features more than 30 million installed nodes worldwide and is one of the leading industrial networks for connecting programmable logic controllers (PLCs), I/O, sensors, and drives in industrial and automation systems. The new C Series modules make it possible to connect CompactRIO PACs and NI Single-Board RIO embedded systems to a Profibus industrial network and add high-performance measurements, advanced analysis, and custom field-programmable gate array (FPGA) logic to existing systems. Engineers now can easily upgrade and retrofit existing machines and systems by using the new Profibus modules to quickly add high-performance, flexible NI hardware and LabView graphical software to accomplish high-speed and custom tasks that traditional PLCs are not designed to solve.

Foundation Fieldbus is a simple, two-way digital communication protocol commonly used in process automation. The new NI USB-8486 is a one-port Foundation Fieldbus H1 interface that provides data logging, configuration, and control in HMI and distributed control system applications. The new interface connects Foundation Fieldbus devices to standard desktop, industrial, and notebook PCs. The USB-8486 is ideal for portable data logging and in-the-field configuration and maintenance of devices and networks.

DeviceNet is an industrial protocol based on the controller area network physical layer and is managed by the Open DeviceNet Vendors Association. The new NI PCI-8532 and NI PXI-8532 scanner (master) interfaces are specifically designed for applications that involve managing and controlling other DeviceNet devices on the network using LabView graphical programming.

For more information on how NI PACs, embedded hardware, and LabView add a wide variety of functionality to existing industrial systems, readers can visit the company's Web site to view the white paper, "NI Connectivity to Industrial Communications" on the NI Developer Zone. For additional information on the specific protocols, readers can visit pages on Profibus, Fieldbus, and DeviceNet.

About NI
National Instruments is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype, and deploy systems for measurement, automation, and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabView and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3% of revenue and no one industry representing more than 15% of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, TX, NI has more than 5,000 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 11 years, Fortune magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

Pricing and Contact Information
CompactRIO Profibus DP Master/Slave Module, 1-Port Priced* from $1,699; €1,699; 213,000 yen

CompactRIO Profibus DP Slave Module, 1-Port Priced from $999; €999; 120,000 yen

USB-8486, 1-Port Foundation Fieldbus Priced from $1,899; €1,899; 238,000 yen

PCI-8532, DeviceNet Interface, 1-Port Priced from $999; €999; 125,000 yen

PXI-8532, DeviceNet Interface, 1-Port Priced from $999; €999; 125,000 yen

Prices are subject to change without notice.

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