Modbus Gateway and Linking Device for Integrating FOUNDATION™ Fieldbus
The FG-110 FF allows integrating FOUNDATION Fieldbus (FF) technology into legacy plants and Modbus control systems. It includes a Windows-based FF configuration tool and can be used for implementing state-of-the-art information services.
- Integration of FF Advantages Into Plants and Controllers
- Cost Savings Through Included Configuration Tool
- Possibility to Implement Additional FF Functionality
Extending Plants and Controllers by Integrating FF Advantages
The gateway and Linking Device FG-110 FF is designed for plant operators and system integrators. It allows including up to four FF H1 segments with as many as 64 field devices into Modbus RTU based legacy (not FF-ready) plants or into control systems supporting Modbus TCP. This provides access to process data, while making use of FF advantages like reduced cabling, central field device parameterization, comprehensive diagnosis functionality, or intrinsically safe, fieldbus-powered field devices. The implementation of “Control in the Field”, a specialty of FF, is also possible by configuring the available field devices as a control loop without a dedicated controller component.
Cost Savings Through Included Configuration Tool
The FG-110 FF is delivered together with a Windows-based FF configuration tool, which communicates via the FF High Speed Ethernet (HSE) protocol. It provides the complete FF configuration functionality like the definition of Function Block linking and scheduling as well as bus parameter settings, and field device parameterization. The configuration tool makes use of registered standard Device Description files, as available from the field device manufacturers and the FieldComm Group.
In addition, the FG-110 FF provides an integrated web server, which allows defining the mapping of FF functions to Modbus registers, or monitoring the process values.
Access Point for Using Additional Functionality on FF Segment
The FG-110 FF can be used as a key component for implementing additional automation functionality in the FF section of the plant. For instance, asset management systems (e.g. Emerson’s AMS) and Field Device Tool (FDT) frame applications (e.g. SMART VISION, FieldMate, Field Device Manager, FieldCare or PACTware) can be included using the FG-110 FF as access point.
|FF H1||Transfer Rate:||31.25Kbit/s|
|LED Indicators:||Power On, Activity LED Per Segment|
|Connectors:||3-Position Screw Connection, Galvanically Isolated|
|FF HSE||100BASE-TX/10BASE-T, Automatic Recognition|
|Modbus TCP, Modbus RTU||Assign Registers to Process Values Using TAG Parameter of Analog Input Function Block|
|Serial Interface RS232||9-Pin D-Sub Female Connector|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||47mm x 131mm x 111mm (1.9” x 5.2” x 4.4”)|
|Operating Temperature / Storage Temperature||0°C…+70°C / -20°C…+70°C|
|Relative Humidity||0%...95%, Non-Condensing|
|Degree of Protection||IP20|
|Power Supply||24VDC (±20%), Typically 200mA|
No Power Supply to FF H1 Segments Through FG-110 FF
|CE||EN61000-6-2, EN61000-6-4, EN55022 Limit Class A|
|Electro Magnetic Compatibility (EMC)||FCC Part 15 Subpart B Class C, VCCI Class 2 Information Technology Equipment 2002|
|Shock/Vibration||DIN IEC68 Part 2|
|Hazardous Location Certifications||UL508, CSA C22.2 No. 14-M95 Industrial Control Equipment|
Drivers & Software
Manuals & Documentation
Articles & White Papers
Scope of Delivery
|Hardware||Gateway and Linking Device FG-110 FF|
|Software||Windows-Based FF Configuration Tool, Web Server for Modbus Mapping Configuration|
Additional Products and Services
|OPC-MODB-TCP||Modbus TCP OPC Server|
Free Windows-Based Software Tool for FOUNDATION™ Fieldbus Network and Device Configuration
|The FF-CONF is a stand-alone, Windows-based software package for offline configuration of FOUNDATION Fieldbus (FF) networks and field devices. It is compatible with the Linking Device functionality of the Softing gateways FG-100 FF/HSE, FG-110 FF, and FIM-110 FF, and supports standard Device Description (DD) files.|
Configuration Software with Comprehensive FunctionalityThe FF-CONF is a Windows-based configuration tool, providing the functionality to define all the required FF network and device settings. This includes the definition
of Function Block linking and scheduling as well as bus parameter settings, and field device parameterization. Once the configuration work has been performed in offline mode, the configuration data is downloaded to the networks and field devices via the Softing hardware. The connected field devices are then displayed via the Live List. In addition, the online mode supports read and write access to the device parameters and allows the monitoring of process values. For performing the individual configuration tasks the FF-CONF includes a graphical user interface, which is designed for offline configuration and Live List display.
Support of Standard Device Description FilesThe FF-CONF configuration software makes use of standard Device Description files, as available from the field device manufacturers or the FieldComm Group. Any DD files of version V4.x or V5.x can be used. For configuration purposes this eliminates the need to obtain and install any proprietary Device Description files as required for individual host certifications.
Software Not Requiring License KeyThe FF-CONF can be used without requiring a specific license key. The software tool is included in the scope of delivery of the Softing gateway and Linking Device products FG-100 FF/HSE, FG-110 FF, and FIM-110 FF or can be downloaded free of charge.
|Device Type Library Management||Adding and Removing of Individual FF H1 Device Description Files|
|Project Management||Creation, Storage, and Deletion of Individual Configuration Projects|
|Network Configuration||Configuration of PC, FF HSE subnet, FF HSE field devices, Softing Linking Devices, FF H1 Link, and FF H1|
|Network Live List||Display of Active Devices in FF Networks|
|Function Block Application||Function Block Linking and Scheduling|
|Handling of Host Devices||Optional Customer Specific Host Systems, Participation in FF HSE Subnet|
|Build Functionality||Fieldbus Configuration Data Generation and Checking|
|Download Functionality||Download of Configuration Data to All Devices or to an Individual Device|
|Online Change of Parameters||Monitoring and Changing of Individual Function Block Parameters Online|
|Supported Operating Systems||Windows XP, Windows 7 (32Bit and 64Bit), Windows Server 2008 (32Bit and 64Bit)|
(as of October 2011)
|Hardware||Softing Gateways and Linking Devices FG-100 FF/HSE or FG-110 FF, Softing Fieldbus Interface Module|
|Fieldbus Foundation Conformance||Host Integration System Test (HIST) Requirements Supported|
Scope of Delivery
|FF-CONF||The FF configuration software FF-CONF is delivered with Softing's Gateways and Linking Devices FG-100 FF/HSE and FG-110 FF and Softing’s Fieldbus Interface Module FIM-110 FF. In addition, the software can be downloaded free of charge under "Downloads".|
FDT Support for Softing’s Linking Devices and the Fieldbus Interface Module
|The FOUNDATION Fieldbus (FF) HSE Device Type Manager (DTM) allows Field Device Tool (FDT) conformant frame applications to access FF H1 networks via Softing’s Linking Devices or the Fieldbus Interface Module. It provides a flexible and mobile solution for easy parameterization and diagnostics of individual FF H1 field devices.|
Comprehensive Range of Use with Standard FDT Frame ApplicationsThe FF HSE DTM consists of an FF Linking Device Gateway DTM and an FF HSE Communication DTM and provides seamless integration of standard FDT frame applications like SMART VISION, FieldMate, Field Device Manager, FieldCare or PACTware with Softing’s Linking Devices or the Fieldbus Interface Module. It allows transparent access to field devices supporting the FDT standard, which are connected to the referring FF H1 networks. Comprehensive FDT / DTM functionality is supported, including easy parameterization and diagnostics.
Fast Commissioning of FF H1 NetworksThe FF HSE DTM is designed to assist in the commissioning of FF installations using a universal FDT based software tool. It provides a modern user interface including tooltips and online help. If the Device DTMs of the individual FF H1 field devices connected to the Linking Devices or the Fieldbus Interface Module are available at the PC together with the FDT frame application, these field devices are automatically identified and entered into the live list together with all included device and manufacturer information. Furthermore, the FF HSE DTM provides a logging mechanism for error and trace messages, connection monitoring, and supports the FDT upload and download functionality.
Easy Licensing with Linking Devices and Fieldbus Interface ModuleThe FF HSE DTM can be used without requiring a specific license key. It is included in the scope of delivery of the Softing gateway and Linking Device products FG-100 FF/HSE, FG-110 FF, and FIM-110 FF. Thus the associated license also includes the FF HSE DTM license and no additional license needs to be obtained to make use of the individual FF HSE DTM advantages. Alternatively, the FF HSE DTM can be downloaded from the Softing website free of charge.
Additional InformationFF-HSE DTM Data Sheet
|Level Support||SmIdentify||Level 0 Support|
|FmsInitiate||Level 0 Support|
|FmsAbort||Level 0 Support|
|FmsRead||Level 0 Support|
|FmsWrite||Level 0 Support|
|Conformity||Gateway DTM and Communication DTM for FDT 1.2 Conformant Frame Application|
|Certificate||FDT Group Certification|
|FDT Frame Application Test Systems Used||dtmINSPECTOR|
|System Requirements||PC / Notebook||Ethernet Interface, 10/100Mbit/s|
|Supported Operating Systems||Windows XP, Windows 7 (as of August 2011)|
|Hardware||Softing Linking Device FG-100 FF/HSE or FG-110 FF|
|Softing Fieldbus Interface Module FIM-110 FF|
|Software||FDT Frame Application|
Scope of Delivery
|FOUNDATION fieldbus HSE DTM||The FOUNDATION Fieldbus HSE DTM is part of the scope of delivery of the Softing Linking Devices FG-100 FF/HSE and FG-110 FF and the Fieldbus Interface Module FIM-110 FF. It can also be downloaded free of charge under "Downloads".|
|GLA-FK-020100||Linking Device FG-100 FF/HSE|
|GLA-YK-020110||Linking Device FG-110 FF|
|GLA-YK-020121||Fieldbus Interface Module FIM-110 FF|
Additional Products and Services
|TRA-FF-GL||Introductory Training “FOUNDATION Fieldbus”|
This training is not offered as a standard training course, but tailored to individual customer requirements. It is usually held as part of a workshop and in connection with an integration project.