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Turck has introduced the TBEN-L Ethernet spanner, which offers a protocol converter for applications dealing with multiple protocols on the same network. By utilising the company’s multiprotocol Ethernet technology and the embedded Ethernet switch, the device can allow isolated networks to pass data between them (up to 256 bytes), even if the networks are on different Ethernet subnets or using different protocols such as Modbus TCP, PROFINET or EtherNet/IP.
Additionally, by utilising the isolated Ethernet network, the spanner offers the ability to setup a NAT (Network Address Translation) router for up to five IP addresses. The product also includes an embedded web server for a streamlined setup and configuration process. Other features include an offering of 16 digital inputs available to both networks (allowing data transfer speeds of up to 100 megabits per second), a glass-fibre reinforced housing with fully potted electronics and an IP65, IP67 or IP69K-rated housing.