Industrial networks: Anybus surpasses one million modules shipped

The one millionth Anybus communications module was produced in May 2009. It took HMS Technology 10 years to reach this milestone, but the second million mark will come faster.

06/10/2009


In Halmstad, Sweden in May, 2009, the one millionth Anybus module rolled off the production line. It took HMS Technology of Halmstad, Sweden more than 10 years to reach this milestone. HMS expects to reach the second million mark in significantly less time than the first.
Anybus technology, a family of interchangeable communication modules, was launched in 1995. Today, the actual shipment volume is more than 200,000 modules annually.
Designed to connect automation devices to an ever growing variety of industrial networks, Anybus technology delivers high flexibility and increased connectivity. “Thanks to the interchangeable Anybus modules, automation devices can be connected to all leading control systems irrespective of which communication networks are used in the respective applications," said Staffan Dahlström, CEO of HMS. "This is a great milestone for the entire HMS business, and yet more proof of the fantastic growth that we are experiencing with our Anybus technology.”

HMS Anybus communications modules for industrial networks
In Halmstad, Sweden in May 2009, the one millionth Anybus module rolled off the HMS production line.

Since its launch in 1995, the Anybus technology has evolved. The latest generation of products, such as the Anybus-CC, is powered by Anybus-NP30 technology—a single-chip, high performance network processor.
"When the first Anybus products were initially launched, they had several novelties like interchangeability with standardized hardware and a software interface independent of the network in use,” said Dahlström.
“This idea in particular has been a trendsetter which competitors tried to copy but never reached the same level of functionality, stability and quality. Now, in an even more diversified market with Fieldbus, industrial Ethernet and wireless networks, Anybus is more than ever the preferred technology for multi-network connectivity," Dahlström contends.
Development and manufacturing take place at the HMS head office in Halmstad, Sweden, and local support is provided by the branch offices in Chicago, Beijing, Karlsruhe, Milan, Mulhouse and Tokyo. Send an e-mail with questions or sales inquiries.

– Edited by Renee Robbins , senior editor
Control Engineering News Desk


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