Router connects HVAC drives to IP network

Published:  07 April, 2010

ABB drives, router, variable speed drive, VSD

Drives for fan and pump motors can be easily connected to an HVAC system with BACnet using an IP router from ABB. The RBIP-01 router eliminates the need for gateways and is compatible with all ABB HVAC drives, including older-generation products.

The router transfers data between the IP network and MS/TP (RS-485), a network standard used by many devices in HVAC installations, such as drives. Unlike a gateway, these routers do not interpret or translate data but simply pass it on.

Configuring this router requires the user only to set the IP address.

The module is fitted inside the drive and powered by a 24 V AC or DC supply from the drive or an external source. There is 200 MB of internal memory for storing manuals.

Drives can be equipped with one module each or daisy chained into a sub-network with one router managing up to 31 drives.

For more information on this story, click here: April10, 179

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