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Ethernet Field I/O


Use EBCs for PC-based control and for H*-ERM remote I/O slaves


Ethernet Base Controller modules (EBCs) provide a low-cost, high-performance Ethernet link between DL205 or DL405 I/O and your PC-based control system, or can be used with WinPLC/ DL205/ DL405 CPUs using the H*-ERM module to provide remote I/O.

H2-EBC and H4-EBC modules support 10BaseT (10Mb wire) Ethernet communications, the H2-EBC100 supports 10/100BaseT (100Mb wire), and the H2-EBC-F and H4-EBC-F modules support 10BaseFL (fiber optic) Ethernet standards. All EBC modules are compatible with TCP/IP, IPX and MODBUS TCP/IP (H2-EBC100 only) protocols for flexible PC communications.

Easy to use, reliable and fast!
EBC modules plug into the CPU slot of any DL205 or DL405 I/O base and support all discrete and analogue I/O modules, and the H2-SERIO and H2/H4-CTRIO specialty modules. All EBC modules can be configured using NetEdit3, a free Windows software utility. The H2-EBC100 also supports HTML configuration.

Off-the-shelf solutions
You can purchase Think & Do PC-based control software that is ready to use with EBC modules. PC-based control packages are equipped with compatible I/O device drivers, program development tools, and run-time environments. See the "PC-based Control Systemss" section of our Web site for a single-source integrated PC-based control solution that ships with everything you need to make your PC into an industrial controller. Most of the software packages allow you to connect serial devices, such as barcode readers, to the serial port provided.

10/100baseT Ethernet Base Controller for DL205 Base H2-EBC100 10/100baseT Ethernet Base Controller for DL205 Base

Connection to PLC Ethernet master or PC Ethernet network interface card. Supports 10/100Mb auto-detect, TCP/IP, UDP/IP, IPX, and Modbus TCP/IP application layer protocol.

Data Sheet

Price (Ex VAT): 269.61 / 335.91
(4-8 working day delivery)

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Fibre Optic Ethernet Base Controller for DL205 Base H2-EBC-F Fibre Optic Ethernet Base Controller for DL205 Base

Supports discrete and analogue I/O only. Supports fiber optic connections to PC-based controllers supporting IP/IPX protocol. Installs in CPU slot only.

Data Sheet

Price (Ex VAT): 302.77 / 377.22
(4-8 working day delivery)

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Manual covers all H2-EBC and H4-EBC modules.  Order separately. H24-EBC-M Manual covers all H2-EBC and H4-EBC modules. Order separately.

Link to download page
Price (Ex VAT): 16.96 / 21.13
(4-8 working day delivery)

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H4 EBC Features


EBC modules offer:

  • Lower cost on your DirectLOGIC PLC I/O system when compared to competitive I/O alternatives
  • Virtually unlimited number of I/O points
  • Deterministic I/O updates on dedicated networks
  • Fast I/O updates (less than 1 ms per base)
  • On board serial port for an operator panel, ASCII devices (serial port not supported when used with ERM module)

10baseT Ethernet Base Controller for DL405 Base H4-EBC 10baseT Ethernet Base Controller for DL405 Base

Supports discrete and analogue I/O only. 10Base-T connections to PC-based controllers supporting IP/IPX protocol.

Data Sheet

Price (Ex VAT): 412.38 / 513.78
(4-8 working day delivery)

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Related products:
1. Manual covers all H2-EBC and H4-EBC modules. Order separately. (Ref: H24-EBC-M)
2. DL405 Installation and I/O Manual. (Ref: D4-INST-M)

Fibre Optic Ethernet Base Controller for DL405 Base H4-EBC-F Fibre Optic Ethernet Base Controller for DL405 Base

Supports discrete and analogue I/O only. Fiber Optic connections to PC-based controllers supporting IP/IPX protocol.

Data Sheet

Price (Ex VAT): 436.49 / 543.82
(4-8 working day delivery)

Quantity:  

Manual covers all H2-EBC and H4-EBC modules.  Order separately. H24-EBC-M Manual covers all H2-EBC and H4-EBC modules. Order separately.

Link to download page
Price (Ex VAT): 16.96 / 21.13
(4-8 working day delivery)

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KEPDirect EBC I/O Server - DirectLOGIC OPC server


The KEPDirect EBC I/O server is a 32-bit application that provides a way to connect your favorite Windows client software to AutomationDirect Ethernet I/O, through our EBCs (Ethernet Base Controllers)OR our DURApulse and GS series AC motor drives with the use of a Ethernet interface module (GS-EDRV) installed. This means that any industrial HMI/SCADA, data historian, MES or ERP software package that includes an OPC client driver (most do!) can connect directly to DL205, DL405, Terminator Ethernet I/O or DURApulse and GS series AC drives by way of a GS-EDRV module. The KEPDirect EBC I/O server provides an interface to your Ethernet EBC I/O using industry-standard OPC (Object linking and embedding for Process Control(OLE)), so you are free to choose almost any software package.

Best-in-class Ethernet I/O, along with best-in-class software, is now your choice with the KEPDirect EBC I/O server. Features include:
  • High-performance, certified OPC-compliant connectivity via Ethernet, with unparalleled compatibility and performance
  • DL205, DL405, Terminator EBC or GS-EDRV module support through 10Base-T and 10Base-FL Ethernet interfaces
  • Analogue and discrete I/O support in the DL205, DL405 or Terminator I/O families, along with select high-speed counter/pulse output modules
  • ASCII in/out support from any EBC on-board RS232 serial port
  • Sample client application included for easy troubleshooting
  • GS and DURApulse series drive support via the GS-EDRV Ethernet interface
What can I do with it?
  • Connect your favorite HMI/ SCADA software to low-cost AutomationDirect EBC I/O systems over a 10 Mb Ethernet network.
  • Connect to one of our DURApulse or GS series AC drives via a GS-EDRV module and have the ability to control start/ stop, speed and many other drive functions.
  • Design a low-cost data acquisition/ monitoring system using affordable AutomationDirect DL205 PLC, DL405 PLC, or Terminator I/O. Combine any ASCII serial devices to the on-board EBC serial port for interfacing intelligent devices like bar code readers, weigh scales, labelers, and more.
  • Interface custom VisualBASIC or Visual C++ applications to AutomationDirect EBC I/O systems and eliminate time-consuming driver development.
Applications:
Read over these application notes (PDF documents) for examples of applications and uses of the KEPDirect EBC I/O server:
  • AN-DSD-004: Using AutomationDirect Terminator I/O in conjunction with KEPDirect to provide a low cost Ethernet remote condition monitoring solution for various OPC/ DDE compliant computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) programs.
  • AN-GS-012: Using an AutomationDirect GS-EDRV to gain access to drive parameters for monitoring and control via KEPDirect software

Note: A Server Installation and Setup Quick Start Manual is provided with each KEPDirect package. Also an extensive Help-file is provided within the software with instructions for connecting to DirectLOGIC PLCs and EBCs.
Download PLC Quick Start manual
Download EBC Quick Start manual

Note: KEPDirect Demo Software is also available for download, which provides a 60 day free runtime, before a license key must be purchased.
Please visit our download section for complete details and instructions on downloading and installing the demo software.
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