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Integration of EtherNet/IP technology for laser coders

07 January 2019

Domino Printing Sciences’ has introduced an EtherNet/IP interface to its laser produts to help create a smarter, more connected factory. 

Formatted for the D-Series and F-Series lasers, this hardware device provides direct communication from the coders to the PLC. Utilising existing Domino line equipment, it provides full control over laser coding and marking equipment, and its messaging, through standard industrial protocol. The coder can also relay performance data, allowing for predictability and pre-emptive maintenance.

The ‘plug and play’ EtherNet/IP solution does not require extra programming – just four clicks are needed to connect the printer to the hardware. Connection to a single board computer allows for standard PLC tags to be sent to the printer. Statistics on printer performance can also be seen in real time, allowing for rapid issue diagnosis and data interpretation.

The newly introduced technology is validated by ODVA, the managing association of EtherNet/IP. It performs as an integrated part of the PLC, reaffirming its reliability and functionality. Users of the technology will have direct access to their network, giving them full control of the printers from one central controller and avoiding the need to configure each individual machine.

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