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Venkatraman Venkitachalam
02-11-2014 03:12 AM

Bus communication system for harsh environments

In one of our projects, we would like to connect transducers to PLC. The maximum cable distance from PLC controller is approximately 200m. We would like to know which bus communication is best suited for the project and why.
02-11-2014 05:31 AM
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senthil venkatesalu
02-11-2014 05:31 AM
profibus, to suit products from different manufacturers and also work with the flexibility of field bus
02-11-2014 08:09 AM
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Tiberiu Nicolau-Stoika
02-11-2014 08:09 AM
The distance you specified is covered by almost all major industrial networks.

Some options:
* connect each transducer to a bus network
* use a distributed I/O system
* mix of the two above.

Info about distances and data transmission speeds:

DeviceNet (page 1-7):

ControlNet (page 23):


Foundation Fieldbus (page 2):

Ethernet based networks (Profinet, Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT): kilometers (on fiber optic)

For harsh environments I would suggest ControlNet, Profibus, Ethernet (fiber), but it depends on the specific problems (chemical, mechanical, high temperatures etc) and the type of cable protection manufacturers can provide.

Also, care should be taken if your network enters / crosses hazardous areas.
02-11-2014 10:52 AM
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Andrew Ng
02-11-2014 10:52 AM
Harsh as in? Electrical noise? Mechanical vibration? Chemical attack?
Armoured shielded twisted pair can go with Modbus for your distance constraint.
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