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Connect non-industrial devices with a CAN-based protocol to PROFINET-IRT

Integrate your CAN-based industrial devices and equipment to a PROFINET-IRT control system without the need for any changes to the device. Just connect, configure and you’re done!

The Anybus Communicator is a proven and trusted protocol converter gateway that connects non-industrial devices with a CAN-based protocol to PROFINET-IRT. The gateway performs intelligent protocol conversion and presents the CAN data to the PLC/Controller as easily processed I/O data.

The Anybus AB7328 Communicator

The Communicator is a slim stand-alone gateway designed for IP20 and DIN-rail mounting, requiring a 24-volt power supply. The Communicator is conformance tested to current PROFINET-IRT specifications guaranteeing network compatibility.

Typical CAN applications

Typical CAN applications include variable frequency drives, sensors, actuators, human-machine interfaces, barcode readers, RFID readers, and industrial scales among others.

Product Information

  • CAN protocol converter gateways connecting CAN devices to Fieldbus/Ethernet networks
  • Support for custom CAN 1.0, 2.0A, and 2.0B protocols
  • Handles mixed Produce/Consume and Request/Response protocols and transactions
  • No hardware or software changes needed to your devices
  • No PLC code or function blocks required
  • Compatible with PLCs from all leading manufacturers
  • Versions with Dual Port switched Ethernet allows for daisy-chaining and eliminates the need for external switches
  • High performance, fast throughput, max 5 ms
  • Anybus Configuration Manager included for easy visual CAN frame building
  • Dynamic transaction controlled by the network master
  • Global free technical support and consultancy

The Anybus Configuration Manager (ACM) is included with the purchase of the Anybus Communicator.

  • Graphical CAN frame building support using several ready-made CAN functions
  • Can configure any CAN 2.0A or 2.0B based protocol (11 and 29-bit identifiers)
  • Configures up to 128 transactions containing a total of 256 CAN frames
  • Monitor/Modify function of process I/O data informing of the CAN transaction status
  • Diagnostic transaction Live List in the network I/O informing of the CAN transaction status
  • Multi-language support, supporting English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Polish, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese
  • Handy Save/Load function allows for a completed configuration to be re-used for many other installations
  • Password protection prevents unauthorised upload and download of configurations 
  • Complete PROFINET RT and IRT functionality specification 2.3
  • Conformance tested supporting Class A, B, and C
  • Max 220 bytes of Input and 220 bytes of Output data
  • Baud rate 10/100 Mbit/s
  • Isochronous cycle times 0.25 to 4 ms (25 Us increments)
  • SNMP-MIBII support
  • TCP/IP Configuration via DCP (Discovery and Configuration Protocol)
  • LLDP (Linked Layer Discovery Protocol)
  • Support for I&M (Identification & Maintenance)
  • PROFINET uplink configuration via .GSDML file
  • Dual-port cut-through switch
  • Dual RJ-45 ports available simultaneously
  • PROFINET Asset Management

Communicator CAN

Protocol Configurable CAN 1.0, 2.0A and 2.0B based protocols
Baud rate 20 kbit/s – 1 Mbit/s
Physical standards CAN

Technical details

Dimensions (L x W x H) 120 x 75 x 27 mm
4,72 x 2,95  x 1,06”
Weight 150 grams, 0.33 lb
Protection class IP20 Nema rating 1
Enclosure material PC ABS, UL 94
Installation position Any
Mounting DIN rail (35 * 7,5/15) EN 50022


UL File Number: E203225 UL 508 Ind. Cont. Eq.
Hazardous Locations CLASS 1, DIVISION 2, GROUPS A, B, C, AND D, T4 ANSI/ISA-12.12.01-2000
CE 2004/108/EC EN 61000-6-4
EN 61000-6-2
 ATEX Zone 2, Cat 3 (except Modbus RTU) EN 60079-11
EN 60079-15

Electrical characteristics 

Power 24 VDC +/- 10 %
Current consumption Max 300 mA, Typical 100 mA

 Hardware characteristics

Reverse voltage protection Yes
Short circuit protection Yes
Galvanic isolation on the subnetwork Yes EN 60950-1

Environmental characteristics

Operating temp -25 to 55 o C, -13 to 131 o F IEC 60068-2-1
IEC 60068-2-2
Storage temp -40 to 85 o C, -40 to 185 o F IEC 60068-2-1
IEC 60068-2-2
Relative Humidity 5-95% non condensing IEC 60068-2-30
Installation altitude Up to 2 000 m

 Immunity and emission for the industrial environment

Electrostatic discharge +/- 4 kV EN 61000-4-2
Electromagnetic RF fields 10 V/m 80 MHz – 1 GHz
3 V/m 1,4 GHz – 2,0 GHz
1 V/m 2,0 GHz – 2,7 GHz
EN 61000-4-3
Fast Transients  +/- 1 kV EN 61000-4-4
Surge protection +/- 1 kV EN 61000-4-5
RF conducted interference 10 V/rms EN 61000-4-6
Emission (at 10 m) 40 dB 30 MHz – 230 MHz
47 dB 30 MHz – 1 GHz
CISPR 16-2-3

Order Code: AB7328

Included Components:

  • Quickstart documentation
  • USB configuration cable
  • CAN D-sub connector is supplied with every single-piece Communicator shipment
  • All configuration software available for download
  • (Power supply not included)

Guarantee:  3 years

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