ABB adds new EtherNet/IP communication interface for UMC100.3 Universal Motor Controller

ABB adds new EtherNet/IP communication interface for UMC100.3 Universal Motor Controller

Unique flexible mounting concept simplifies wiring and installation, speeding up project delivery and maximizing uptime

ABB has introduced the new EtherNet/IPTM communication interface EIU32.0 for its UMC100.3 Universal Motor Controller. It increases the existing assortment of Ethernet interfaces for Modbus TCP and Profinet, providing connection to all relevant networks used worldwide. The main applications are intelligent motor control centers (IMCCs) in the process industry.

Peter O. Müller, Global Product Manager for ABB’s Electronic Relays and Controls, said: “Ethernet is replacing traditional fieldbuses in many process automation applications because it improves integration with the entire enterprise. ABB’s innovative Ethernet connection for the UMC100.3 further expands the capability of the UMC100.3 Universal Motor Controller for panel builders and system integrators alike. With better integration of the Ethernet communication capability, ABB makes solutions that are smarter, more connected and more reliable.”

ABB’s EIU32.0 is the only Ethernet communication interface that can be mounted either directly on the UMC100.3 unit or on an adapter. For the first time, the new EIU32.0 interface makes mounting possible outside the drawer. Communication between EIU32.0 and the UMC100.3 is via simple wiring with no Ethernet cables connected to the inside of the drawer. This unique feature simplifies the wiring especially in the case of redundant communication ring structures. Several drawers can be removed without affecting communication and reconfiguring the ring.

ABB’s UMC100.3 motor controllers are frequently used in withdrawable motor control center designs, so that individual drawers can be quickly replaced in the event of any issues. While conventional interfaces allow only a single drawer to be withdrawn, ABB’s solution enables several drawers to be withdrawn at the same time without special by-pass switches and with zero impact on the Ethernet communication.

ABB supplies all the necessary cables and connectors as accessories. A 24 V DC supply for the EIU32.0 EtherNet/IPTM interface is necessary only in situations requiring remote mounting.

Peter O. Müller added: “ABB’s Ethernet connectivity makes motor control center setup faster, increases network speed and gives users remote monitoring and diagnostic capabilities – all with a protocol that interfaces easily with other systems and networks. In process automation applications, its predictive warnings and remote diagnostics will help maximize plant availability and ensure processes run continuously.”

The EIU32.0 EtherNet/IPTM communication interface speeds up project delivery for panel builders and system integrators. By reducing the complexity and the part count, this highly integrated new device will make engineering and commissioning quicker and easier.

EIU32.0 also supports the EtherNet/IPTM special Device Level Ring (DLR) protocol. This single-fault tolerant network function for automation can identify a break in the ring, quickly reconfiguring in the event of a fault. The DLR ring supervisor sends out beacons at short intervals to control the ring functionality. If a fault is detected, the Ring Recovery Process reconfigures the nodes in around 3ms.

In addition, the EIU32.0 fulfills the ODVA Common Industrial Protocol and EtherNet/IPTM specifications and is approved with the ODVA EtherNet/IPTM Conformance Test CT13, which guarantees correct functioning of EtherNet/IPTM networks.

The EIU32.0 makes it possible to give control commands to the motor controller; read status information and actual values from the device; change parameters; read maintenance counters; and reset a trip. Device configuration can be performed within the control system, an integrated webserver provides easy monitoring and maintenance. A built-in two-port switch allows flexible usage in linear, star or ring network topologies.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner of Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.


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