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SoftPLC Gateways provide comprehensive protocol conversion and industrial data management:

    Low cost, powerful A-B gateways
  • Bridge communication between multiple protocols (serial, Ethernet, fieldbus, proprietary networks)
  • Data logging (local, remote, multi-formats)
  • Email/Text Messaging (alarm notification, reporting)
  • Web Server (browser-based monitoring/control)
  • Virtual HMI (operator interface, alarming/trending, etc.)
  • Data/Math/Communication functions (manage data, troubleshooting)
  • FTP/SSH/NTP/Firewall services

With virtually no limit on the number of data registers and support for up to 16 protocols simultaneously, SoftPLC Gateways are the most flexible and powerful protocol converters on the market.

Click on the Applications tab below for examples of the many ways SoftPLC Gateways can be used.

    Overview

    Gateway Functions

    SoftPLC Gateways are unmatched, providing protocol mix flexibility, unlimited data registers and the best communication throughput on the market, as well as providing additional advanced features/options. All SoftPLC Gateways include a comprehensive set of drivers, from which you can mix and match up to 16 protocols to meet your networking needs. Other vendor's gateways typically support only 2 protocols (eg: from protocol X to protocol Y), and are limited in the number of registers that can be transmitted.

    • Up to sixteen (16) different user-selectable protocols are supported simultaneously*
    • Hundreds of thousands of data points supported in each Gateway
    • Extremely fast data throughput, highly optimized drivers
    • Diagnostics, real-time status monitoring on each communication network
    • Supports user logic for data manipulation (eg: scaling, averaging, comparisons), scheduling, alarm handling, or many other functions
    • Built-in data logging
    • Compatible with all HMI/SCADA systems
    • Optional embedded firewall with VPN support for secure communications
    • Optional embedded modem for remote access to any attached devices
    • Supports our TagWell cloud platform for remote access via internet
    • Optional embedded web server or Web Studio Runtime can act as a built-in virtual HMI

    A variety of SoftPLC Gateway hardware models are available, to meet customers' varying needs for number/type of ports and other requirements. All Gateways are configured using TOPDOC NexGen - included free with your first Gateway purchase!

    * Some protocols may require specific Gateway models and/or hardware configurations.

    Available Protocols

    Gateway Protocols by Model View Table of Protocol Availability by Gateway Model

    All SoftPLC Gateway can be user configured for up to 16 simultaneous protocols of any mix, dependent only on the available hardware ports in the specific model. The currently available protocols are listed below, others can be added by SoftPLC or by users with the SoftPLC Programmer's Toolkit. Please contact us for a quote if you are interested in a protocol not listed.

    • ASCII (COMGENIUS)
    • Modbus Serial RTU/ASCII, Master and Slave
    • Modbus TCP/UDP Master (Client) and Slave (Server)
    • Enron ModbusTCP Master (Client)
    • CAN / J1939*
    • A-B DF1 Serial Full Duplex, Half Duplex Slave
    • A-B DF1 Ethernet (CSP/PCCC) Master (Client) and Slave (Server)
    • A-B RIO RIO Master (Scanner) and RIO Slave (Adapter)*
    • A-B Data Highway Plus (DH+)*
    • Ethernet/IP Adapter (Slave)#
    • Ethernet/IP Master (Scanner)*
    • ProfiNet Slave*
    • Profibus Master and Slave*
    • DeviceNet Master and Slave*
    • CANopen Master and Slave*
    • CC Link Slave*
    • EtherCAT Master and Slave*
    • Powerlink Slave*
    • SERCOS Master and Slave*
    • ASI Master*
    • Interbus Master*
    • SDI-12 Sensorbus Master*

    * These protocols require additional hardware and may be limited to specific SoftPLC Gateway models.
    # This protocol undergoing final testing and ODVA certification.

    SoftPLC Gateway ports and protocols are configured with TOPDOC NexGen. Most drivers are configured by a simple template editor. Many drivers also include diagnostic registers that can be made available to HMI's, other connected devices, etc.

    Smart Gateways

    Smart Gateway

    A Smart Gateway combines a basic set of features, to which you can add both hardware and firmware options. Smart Gateways are assembled with your selected options, then undergo a system-level test prior to shipment.

    All Smart Gateways include this base set of 9 communication ports:

    • 4-port 10/100MB managed Ethernet switch with two Ethernet interfaces (MAC ID's) to support routing and firewall functions, PoE support on the WAN port
    • One RS-485 + four RS-232 serial communications ports

    For very low cost, these factory installed communication port options are also available:

    • Additional RS-485 port, with 2 and 4-wire support (installs at COM6)
    • Allen-Bradley Remote I/O Master or Slave (Up to 2 ports - replaces COM5 and/or installs at COM6)
    • Allen-Bradley Data Highway Plus (Up to 2 ports - replaces COM5 and/or installs at COM6)
    • CAN / J1939 (installs at COM6)
    • Internal serial telephone modem (installs at COM6)
    • (1) Fiber Ethernet LAN Interface port (Multi-/Single-Mode, ST/SC connectors)

    In models SM2S-Px you can add even more communication channels! A PCI-104 card can be installed for support of industrial bus interfaces such as ProfiNet, Profibus, DeviceNet and others.

    Available Models

    Each Smart Gateway starts with one of two base enclosure styles, then hardware and firmware options can be added. Contact us for assistance in configuration OR use the simple webstore ordering page, once you choose your enclosure style.

    Select from the following to specify your Smart Gateway hardware configuration:

    To each of these combinations, you can then select additional firmware options to support advanced features such as data logging, an embedded web server, email/text messaging and more.


    Hardware Options

    Smart Gateway Enclosure Style
    Catalog Number Enclosure Type Shop
    Smart Solid Standard
    P1 Smart PCI-104 PCI-104 Style, Support for a PCI-104 card
    See catalog numbers SPO-104x in Other Comm Products in the Web Store for available PCI-104 fieldbus card options.

    Serial, A-B RIO/DH+ & Fiber Port Options

    Serial & Fiber Communication Options - Must be factory installed
    Specify these factory installed options by appending the desired option suffix(es) to the Catalog Number.
    COM5 Options - Only one per Smart Gateway
    RS-485 (2-wire) Default Configuration
    -ABRIOM5 Allen-Bradley RIO Master Interface, COM5 Replaces default RS-485 port at COM5

    A maximum of (2) A-B RIO/DH+ interfaces are supported per Smart Gateway (1 at COM5 & 1 at COM6)
    -ABRIOA5 Allen-Bradley RIO Slave (Adapter) Interface, COM5
    -ABDH5 Allen-Bradley DH+ Interface, COM5
    COM6 Options - Only one per Smart Gateway
    -ABRIOM6 Allen-Bradley RIO Master Interface, COM6 * A maximum of (2) A-B RIO/DH+ interfaces are supported per Smart Gateway (1 at COM5 & 1 at COM6)
    -ABRIOA6 Allen-Bradley RIO Slave (Adapter) Interface, COM6 *
    -ABDH6 Allen-Bradley DH+ Interface, COM6 *
    -485 Smart RS-485 Interface, 2 or 4 wire (switch selectable) *
    -CAN6 Smart CAN Interface *
    -MDM Smart Internal Phone Modem
    * Requires Catalog Number SM-COM6CBLTB to provide a terminal block wire connection for this port.
    Fiber Optic Options - Only one per Smart Gateway
    no fiber Default Configuration
    -FMST Multi-Mode Fiber Optic Interface, ST Connector
    -FMSC Multi-Mode Fiber Optic Interface, SC Connector
    -FSST Single-Mode Fiber Optic Interface, 15km, ST Connector
    -FSSC Single-Mode Fiber Optic Interface, 15km, SC Connector
    -FLST Single-Mode Fiber Optic Interface, 30km, ST Connector
    -FLSC Single-Mode Fiber Optic Interface, 30km, SC Connector


    Gateway License Sizes
    Cat No Suffix MBTCP Connections Discrete Inputs Discrete Outputs
    LT 2 128 128
    1K 16 1024 1024
    2K 32 2048 2048
    8K 127 8192 8192


    Gateway License Size Options

    There are (4) Gateway sizes, where the selected size determines the maximum supported number of ModbusTCP Servers (connections) and/or mapped digital I/O points (digital I/O limit only applies to A-B RIO/DH+ enabled Gateways, sized by the A-B definition of logical racks). If ModbusTCP or A-B drivers are not going to be used, select the LT size.

    Examples

    The table below illustrates some example Smart Gateway assembly catalog numbers.

    Examples
    SM2S-LT
    Smart Gateway, LT capacity, supports user configurable mix of any serial and Ethernet protocols (up to 9 ports), the only limit being a max of 2 ModbusTCP servers
    SM2S-1K
    Smart Gateway, up to 16 ModbusTCP Server capacity
    SM2S-2K-ABRIOM5-DH6
    Smart Gateway, 2K capacity (up to 16 logical A-B racks); equipped for A-B RIO Master on COM5 and DH+ on COM6
    SM2S-P1-LT
    Smart Gateway w/ PCI-104 interface

    A Smart Gateway is, in reality, a Smart SoftPLC. For more details on advanced features, additional hardware/firmware options and available accessories, refer to the Smart SoftPLC and universal SoftPLC features information.

    Micro Gateways

    Micro SoftPLC in optional enclosure

    SoftPLC's Micro Gateways are physically small, inexpensive options for simple serial to Ethernet bridging needs, such as ModbusTCP to Modbus serial. Like all SoftPLC Gateways, Micro Gateways provide data passing between networks, and also can be used for advanced functions like data logging, remote access and alarm notification.

    Specifications:

    • Memory - 512MB RAM
    • Storage - 4GB onboard flash, MicroSD up to 8GB optional
    • USB 2.0 host
    • Micro USB 2.0 client (for power & communications)
      MicroUSB to USB cable included
    • 10/100MB Ethernet port, RJ-45 connector
    • Power by +5 VDC through barrel connector (eg: using ICO-PSW105) or USB device port
    • Size - 3.4” x 2.1” (86.36 x 53.34 mm), With optional enclosure (Cat No SPBB-ENCL1) 2.4" x 0.82" x 3.54" (62 x 21 x 90 mm)

    Micro Gateway Protocols:

    Micro Gateways can be user configured for up to 16 simultaneous protocols of any mix, dependent only on the available hardware ports. The currently available protocols for model SPBB Gateways are listed below, others can be added by SoftPLC or by users with the SoftPLC Programmer's Toolkit. Please contact us for a quote if you are interested in a protocol not listed.

    • ASCII (COMGENIUS)
    • Modbus Serial RTU/ASCII, Master and Slave
    • Modbus TCP/UDP Master (Client) and Slave (Server)
    • Enron ModbusTCP Master (Client)
    • A-B DF1 Serial Full Duplex, Half Duplex Slave
    • A-B DF1 Ethernet (CSP/PCCC) Master (Client) and Slave (Server)
    • EthernetIP Adapter (Slave) and Scanner (Master)*
    • SDI-12 Sensorbus Master (requires SPBB-6DI2SP1AI)
    * Under Development

    Micro Gateway Models & Options

    Model No SPBBA1-x is a Micro Gateway Assembly with (1) Ethernet and (1) RS-232 serial port, in a metal enclosure (see photo above). Alternatively, you can specify an open-board-style Micro Gateway by ordering individual components to meet your needs for additional serial ports, hardware to support other protocols, add a modem for remote access, etc.

    In either case, select the size capacity of your Micro Gateway using the table below.

    Micro Gateway Sizes
    There are (4) Gateway sizes which determines the maximum supported number of ModbusTCP Servers or EthernetIP Adapters (connections). Append the size suffix in the first column of the table below to the model number. For example, SPBBA1-1K is a Micro Gateway Assembly capable of supporting up to 16 connections. If ModbusTCP/EthernetIP are not used, select the LT size.
    Cat No Suffix MBTCP/EnetIP Connections
    LT 2
    1K 16
    2K 32
    8K 127

    Micro Gateway Options

    • Firmware Options - software enabled capabilities that can be added to any SoftPLC Gateway. There's so many, we've put them on their own page! Examples include data logging, email/text messaging, embedded web server, and others.
    • Hardware Options - The table below lists individual components you can mix/match for board-level Micro Gateway solutions.
    Catalog Number Description Image Data Sheet Store
    SPBB-232 RS-232 serial port, 9 pin RS-232 communication port for drivers such as Modbus, DF1, or COMGENIUS.
    SPBB-ENCL1 Compact, plated and scratch-resistant steel chassis. Compatible only with base unit or SPBB-232.
    SPBB-6DI2SP1AI Daughter Board with (2) RS-232C serial ports, SDI-12 interface, (6) 5/12VDC digital inputs, 5 or 12VDC power output, 12V input power circuitry, and a battery monitoring input.
    ICO-PSW105 Power Supply. Input Voltage VAC: 100V to 240V

    Other SoftPLC Gateways

    Hardbook Gateway


    Any SoftPLC Hardbook can also be used as a protocol gateway. Each model includes multiple Ethernet, USB, and serial ports, and most can accomodate interfaces to industrial networks via add-on interface cards (Cat No SPO-PCx).

    Gateway Applications

    Multi-Protocol, Multi-Function Gateways

    Uses for SoftPLC Gateway/Data Hubs are many and varied:

    • Multiple protocols provides integration of different equipment and systems
    • Ethernet gateway / data concentrator
    • Data logging for tracking and troubleshooting
    • Email/text alarms reduce downtime
    • Automated data collection/reporting without an HMI/computer
    • Remote asset management and control

    Example Applications

    • Upgrade HMI's and/or drives on A-B RIO or DH+ without requiring changes to the PLC.
    • Communicate data between devices on different network types.
    • Pass data from devices on multiple networks or network types to a higher level system (eg: DCS or SCADA).
    • Collect data from devices on multiple networks or network types and make it available to a higher level system ("data logger/concentrator").


    • Add I/O of another bus to an A-B PAC/PLC installation (eg: ModbusTCP I/O such as Tealware, DeviceNet/Profibus, Modbus serial.)
    • Low cost serial to ethernet gateways (eg: Modbus to Ethernet/IP or ModbusTCP, DF1 to Ethernet/IP)
    • Email or text alarm notification from devices at a remote location.
    • Provide remote access via a single point to a variety of devices, using a SoftPLC Gateway, a modem, and TagWell cloud for IoT/M2M applications.
    TagWell for remote monitoring/control





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