Woodhead Unveils BradCommunications OEM Module for DeviceNet Fieldbus

Woodhead Industries, a division of Molex Incorporated, (NASDAQ: MOLX and MOLXA), a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of automation and electrical products for industrial environments, announces the availability of a new BradCommunications(TM) DC100DN OEM module for the DeviceNet fieldbus.

The DC100 product family is a range of OEM modules characterized by its small size (90 X 40 mm) providing a powerful connection to a choice of fieldbuses (CC-Link(R), PROFIBUS(R)-DP, DeviceNet(TM)). The DC100 modules are designed for machine builders, system designers, and operator interface manufacturers who want to implement a fieldbus connection in their products quickly and at a lower cost.

The modules of the DC100 family are interchangeable, interfacing with the host system through a 60-point connector. Its pinout is identical regardless of the type of module used, requiring minimum effort by system designers to integrate the entire range of DC100 modules. The data exchanges and the various network services (configuration, diagnostic, etc) are carried out directly through dual port memory (DP-Ram), reachable via a generic library of functions.

The DC100 modules include 256kbytes flash memory for storing configuration data and a dedicated processor for managing communication protocols. This embedded architecture provides optimal performance in data acquisition without overloading the host system.

More importantly, the DC100 modules for DeviceNet include Slave only (part number: DC100DNS) and Master and Slave (part number: DC100DNM) versions. DC100 modules are compatible with DeviceNet specifications version: Vol 1: 2.0, Vol 2: 2.0 and are DeviceNet conformance tested through the ODVA. The connection to the DeviceNet network is made through a pluggable 5 pin screw terminal connector (Combicon style) or by an optional HE13 male 2×5 pin connector (for remote connection using ribbon cable).

For easier integration, Woodhead Industries has made available a development kit (part number SST-DN-USB-KIT) including a USB v2 High Speed adapter (embedding the DC100 module), a software suite (driver, API library, test tools including source code), and electronic documentation. The development kit is “ready-to-use” for Windows environments or can be deployed on any type of target system.

About Woodhead Industries, Inc.
Woodhead Industries, a division of Molex Incorporated, (NASDAQ: MOLX AND MOLXA), is a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of a wide array of Automation and Electrical products engineered for superior performance in demanding, harsh, or hazardous industrial environments. Woodhead Industries “Empowers the Industrial Infrastructure” with innovative products and solutions that extend from mechanical, electrical and electronics, to communications/networking devices and diagnostic software. Woodhead Industries’ Brad(R) lines of Automation products include such globally recognized names as applicom(R), Direct-Link(TM), mPm(R), RJ-Lnxx(R) and SST(TM). The Woodhead family of Electrical products includes globally recognized names such as Aero-Motive(R), Daniel Woodhead(R), Watertite(R) and Super-Safeway(R). Molex operates from 54 locations in 18 countries spanning North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific.