Connecting Modbus to Simplex

You have two devices in two different buildings on two completely different networks, one that uses the Modbus Plus (MB) protocol to communicate, while the other one talks Simplex 4100 protocol and they need to talk to each other. What do you do?

A FieldServer is a protocol converter or gateway that can communicate in many different protocols and physical layers including Modbus Plus (MB) protocol and the Simplex 4100 protocol. The Fieldserver acts as a middle man between the two devices. It reads data from one device, stores it internally and makes it available to the 2nd device using another protocol. This is how the FieldServer converts Modbus Plus (MB) data to Simplex 4100 data.

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Modbus Plus (MB)

This solution is provided to protect your investment in legacy / obsolete equipment. The solution uses a MB+ card installed in a FieldServer. This makes the solution more expensive than most FieldServer solutions.


Modbus Plus protocol is a time-proven, robust communications platform with a huge installed base and industry acceptance. It is a high-speed (one megabaud) network that supports both peer-to-peer and master/slave type communications. Modbus Plus is used by Modicon PLCs, operator interfaces, PCs and other data sources to communicate throughout an automated facility over a twisted-pair cable. Modbus Plus provides all of the benefits of an effective communications network including reduced wiring and maintenance costs, improved productivity through diagnostics, accuracy and information flexibility.


More information, Driver Data Sheet

Simplex 4100

This driver is designed to connect to a Simplex panels equipped to support the "4100 Computer Port Protocol" as defined in Simplex's document 950-004 Revision E dated 28 July 2000. These include the following Simplex Panels


4100
4020
4100U

The implementation provides a selected subset of protocol functions and subset of functionality for each of these selected functions. It is important that you read the exclusions and limitations described in this document. The driver is a capable of parsing and storing information sent by a panel in the form of unsolicited messages which are typically generated when there is a state change in the panel or one of the connected devices.


The driver is also capable of polling for point and panel status data and some additional data such as the panel's time and revision information. In addition the driver is capable of setting some control points in the panel - acknowledging and resetting alarms and writing data (where permitted) to some analog and discrete points.


More information, Driver Data Sheet

Range of Conversion Solutions

Depending on project requirements select from units with varying resources. and multi port devices. OEM and embedded solutions too.
QuickServer 1010 2x RS485 1x Ethernet
QuickServer 1011 1x RS485 1x Ethernet 1x Lonworks
QuickServer 1020 1x RS485 1xRS232 1x Ethernet
QuickServer 1021 1x RS485 1xRS232 1x Ethernet 1x Lonworks
QuickServer Fieldbus 1x RS485 1x Ethernet M-bus or KNX
FS20 Series 1x RS232/485 1x Ethernet 1x Lonworks
FS25 Series 2x RS232/485 1x Ethernet
FS30 Series 2x RS232 and 2x RS485 2x Ethernet 1x Lonworks FieldBus Support:eg Profibus, DeviceNet etcHot Standby Support
FS40 Series 8x RS232 and 2x RS485 2x Ethernet 1x Lonworks FieldBus Support: eg DH+, MB+, Profibus, DeviceNet etcHot Standby Support
SlotServer 1x RS232/485 1x Ethernet 1x Lonworks For Rockwell ControlLogix 5600
Lonworks and Fieldbus are options not provided on base models.  

Connection Diagram

Modbus Plus (MB)

FieldServer

Simplex 4100

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Configuration and Support

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