Moxa, a provider of network infrastructure solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), announces a major firmware update for its ioLogik E1200 line of remote I/O modules that introduces support for EtherNet/IP and a RESTful API. With the addition of EtherNet/IP, one of the most popular communication protocols in industrial automation, the ioLogik E1200 presents a highly reliable, cost-effective alternative to expensive and proprietary I/O modules, while also interfacing easily with IT systems.
Versatile And Multi-Lingual Tool
"The ioLogik E1200 series has long been valued by the automation community for its compact design, its peer-to-peer communications, and its ability to create daisy chain networks," explained Wenyuan Niu, Product Marketing for Data Acquisition at Moxa Americas, Inc. "This upgrade makes the ioLogik E1200 an even more versatile multi-lingual tool to bring I/O data from the plant floor into nearly any IT platform or system."
The Moxa ioLogik E1200 series is available with a wide range of input and output types, including voltage, current, digital, pulse, frequency, RTD, thermocouple and more. Existing owners can gain the additional functionality for free by downloading the new firmware and completing the online registration process. The firmware adds support for both EtherNet/IP and a RESTful application program interface specifically designed for IIoT applications that interact with cloud services. Updated ioLogik units will be able to collect sensor and device data via EtherNet/IP, Modbus, and Active Ethernet I/O, and will be able to share that data with IT platforms over SNMP, RESTful APIs, and MXIO. New E1200 models will ship with the updated firmware beginning in January 2017.
EtherNet/IP is a widely deployed industrial protocol that was originally developed by Rockwell Automation and is commonly used in factory, hybrid and process industries. By adding support for EtherNet/IP to the ioLogik E1200, Moxa has opened up greater opportunities for businesses to access Moxa's vast array of I/O solutions and create cost-effective plant floor solutions that control, configure and collect data. The ioLogik E1200 expands Moxa's offering of EtherNet/IP communication products, which including Ethernet switches that can be managed on a SCADA network and EtherNet/IP gateways that allow communication with Modbus devices.