Connection to external control architectures
In addition to being used as a master with an integrated PC-based control system, the MX-System can also be integrated as a device in external control architectures via the coupler modules. These can be EtherCAT systems as well as PROFINET-RT or EtherNet/IP networks. Integration into further Ethernet-based fieldbus protocols is also possible by using the corresponding coupler modules. If it is not an EtherCAT Coupler, a coupler module represents a gateway between the external network and the EtherCAT network within the MX-System.
All couplers have one input and one output port. This enables topologies in which several MX-System stations can be distributed or used as an EtherCAT segment in a higher-level network.