Trolex claims its new TX2123 Ethernet adaptor makes possible the connection of almost any group I M1 RS485 MODBUS slave device onto a mineā€™s Ethernet backbone.

According to the company, unlike many general-purpose Ethernet adaptors, the TX2123 is ATEX group I M1 certified, meaning the equipment works effectively in mining applications and continues to operate even when located in a potentially explosive atmosphere. The TX2123 converts data communications between MODBUS TCP over Ethernet and MODBUS RTU over RS485. The TX2123 connects to the Ethernet via industrial standard ST optical fiber connectors and to the RS485 via copper.