epGatePN : Ethernet IP -> PROFINET Gateway

Ethernet IP Adapter to PROFINET Controller Gateway

Integration of PROFINET I/O Devices through mapping into Ethernet IP Control systems


The epGate PN implements a gateway between an EtherNet/IP scanner (e.g. a Rockwell PLC) and up to 32 PROFINET devices. While the gateway’s upper RJ45 socket connects to the EtherNet/IP network as a so-called Adapter (slave), the gateway acts as a PROFINET controller (master) through its lower RJ45 socket. This allows for integration of PROFINET devices and subsystems into EtherNet/IP applications. The Communication Configuration Tool that comes with epGate PN assists in defining the PROFINET configuration and provides ready to use symbolic mapping information for the EtheNet/IP PLC’s engineering software. This way the user is relieved from the error-prone task of defining data for both sides of the gateway individually.

Similar Solutions:
epGate DP: Integrate PROFIBUS DP segments into ethernet/IP systems
epGate PA: Integrate up to 4 PROFIBUS PA segments into ethernet/IP systems
epGate PB: Integrate up to 2 PROFIBUS PA segments & 1 PROFIBUS DP segment into ethernet/IP systems

Simple Integration Through Add-On Instructions

  • Data access of PLC program to PROFINET Devices without requiring detailed PROFINET knowledge
  • Mapping between the two protocols generated by provided tools
  • Usage of Add-On Instructions (AOI), containing detailed PROFINET data type definitions
  • Transparent communication overcoming protocol differences

Time Saving Configuration Creation and Verification

  • Configuration tool for online access to PROFINET Devices via the network
  • Easy assignment of device properties
  • Early identification of discrepancies between offline configuration and real situation

Built-In Web Server For Monitoring And Interaction

  • Status information about both protocols
  • Monitoring of mapping as well as of exchanged data
  • Individual modification of FG-260 settings, including address information
  • Download and upload of all FG-260 configuration information using web server

Different Use Cases are addressed

  • Direct access from Ethernet/IP Scanner in the PLC to PROFINET field devices
  • Access to machines with internal PROFINET network by deploying I-Device capabilities
Processor Altera Cyclone V SoC with Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9
Status LEDs (Gateway) PWR (power supply), RUN (running), ERR (error), CFG (configuration upload)
Status LEDs (EtherNet/IP) Net (network), Mod (module)
Status LEDs (PROFINET) SF (system fault), BF (bus fault)
Connectors 2 x IEEE 802.3 100BASE-TX/10BASE-T (1 Ethernet port per protocol)
Dimensions (HxWxD) 100 mm x 35 mm x 105 mm
Weight ca 0.25 kg
Power Supply 18 VDC … 32 VDC, SELV/PELV supply mandatory
Typically 200 mA, maximum 1 A at switch-on
Operating Temperature, Horizontal DIN Rail Installation -40 °C … 55 °C (0 mm minimum distance)
-40 °C … 65 °C (17.5 mm minimum distance)
Operating Temperature, Vertical DIN Rail Installation -40 °C … 40 °C (0 mm minimum distance)
-40 °C … 50 °C (17.5 mm minimum distance)
Storage Temperature -40 °C … 85 °C
Relative Humidity 10 % … 90 %, non condensing
Cooling Convection, no fan
Mounting DIN Rail (35 mm)
Protection Class IP20
Protocols EtherNet/IP Adapter (Up to 2 input and 2 output assemblies with up to 255 Bytes data each, minimum RPI: 8 ms)
PROFINET Controller (up to 8 devices at 1 ms cycle time)
Additional Functionality Mapping application, web server
Supported Versions of Rockwell Automation PLC Programming Software V16 – V21
Emission Conformity EC Directive 2004/108/EG “Electromagnetic Compatibility“, EN 55011, Group 1, Class A
EC Directive 2004/108/EG “Electromagnetic Compatibility“, EN 55022, Class A
EC Directive 2004/108/EG “Electromagnetic Compatibility“, EN 61000, Part 6-4
FCC CFR45, Part 15 Section 15.107 and 15.109 (Class A),
VCCI Class A Information Technology Equipment 2002
Immunity Conformity EC Directive 2004/108/EG “Electromagnetic Compatibility“, EN 61000, Part 6-2
Certifications CE
EN/IEC 61010-1 and CB
EN/IEC 61010-2-201 and CB
UL 61010-1 and UL 61010-2-201
GCL-CA-010260 epGatePN

Scope of Delivery

Hardware Gateway : epGatePN
Software EDS File, Common Configuration Tool on CD-ROM, Search-and-Configure Tool
Documentation Quick Startup Guide as printed documentation, User Guide on CD-ROM

Training on demand

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