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Teaming Data Systems for Portable Power

Aggreko - Teaming Data Systems  for Portable Power

Industry: Power and Energy
Product: Modbus Ethernet to Serial Gateway

The Challenge
Aggreko, a world leader in temporary power and temperature control rental services, deploys large power installations in remote locations. A typical installation might include a set of six generators and a transformer housed in a 40 foot container. A SCADA system monitors and controls the diesel engine sets and various I/O for generators and transformers. The individual generators and transformers also have fire safety systems that use serial interfaces. Additional control components include Allen Bradley PLC® units operating on a MODBUS/TCP protocol, SCADA, serial and Modbus protocols. How do you tie it all together?

The Solution
B&B Electronics provided Aggreko with custom panel assemblies that incorporated industrial Modbus Ethernet to serial gateways. The gateways connect serial devices to an Ethernet-based SCADA system and provide conversion to the Modbus/TCP protocol. Each transformer unit contains a NEMA-rated panel kit from B&B Electronics that uses two RS-485 data acquisition modules for I/O connections, a Modbus Ethernet serial server, a power supply, relays, and wiring. B&B’s unmanaged switches tie all the Modbus Gateways together and connect them to the SCADA master. Monitoring and control of the transformers is seamless.

Why B&B Electronics?

  • Flexible connectivity between Modbus RTU, Modbus ASCII to Modbus TCP Ethernet network
  • RS232/422/485 configurability of the serial ports suitable for Modbus protocol
  • Ability to withstand harsh industrial environment (-34 to 74°C), DIN mount
  • Total integrated solution: Gateways, managed/unmanaged switches, cables, power supplies packaged in a NEMA enclosure

The Product: Vlinx™ Model MESR901 – Modbus Ethernet to Serial Gateway

  • Slim, Industrial Enclosure DIN mount
  • Flexible Ethernet or Serial Master/Slave configurations
  • Web Server, Configuration Software
  • Wide operating temperature (-34 to 74°C)