Connect robot controllers

Connectivity solutions for robot controllers

Robot controllers need to communicate with different industrial networks either directly or through standalone gateways, wired or wirelessly. And to ensure they’re working as intended, it’s good if they can be accessed remotely. HMS Networks provide ready-made communication products to meet all these requirements.


Robot controllers gain access to any network with Anybus.

Embedded networking solution

Integrate multi-network connectivity into robot controllers

Anybus CompactCom are ready-made communication interfaces for fieldbus and Industrial Ethernet, which you design into a robot controller to give it a multi-network slave/adapter interface.  

  • Real-time Industrial Ethernet with fast data transfer.
  • Supports up to 1500 bytes of process data each way with minimal latency.
  • Supports motion profiles and synchronization.
  • Easy to add connectivity to more networks after just one implementation.
Network gateways

Connect to any network with protocol converters

Anybus gateways work as translators between industrial machines and PLCs. The gateways are easy to install and provide fast transfer of cyclic I/O data with very low latency – making them ideal for robot controllers.
Industrial remote access for robot controllers

Access, monitor, and troubleshoot from anywhere

With Ewon remote solutions, you can access your robot controllers anytime, anywhere.

  • Connect to any PLC 
  • Troubleshoot and program remotely 
  • Get instant access to machine statistics – visualized in online dashboards 
  • Alarms whenever something is wrong
Industrial wireless solutions

Connect to robot controllers via Bluetooth, cellular, or Wi-Fi

Get rid of the cables! Connect robotics via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or cellular wireless (3G/4G/5G) to create wireless bridges or easily access machine data. 

Got 5G? 
Want to evaluate 5G in your factory? HMS offers 5G routers and starter kits allowing you to implement and test 5G in your site.

Functional Safety

Integrate functional safety – the easy way

Moving machinery in a factory needs to operate in a safe way to avoid harming people or equipment. But connecting to safety networks such as CIP Safety, PROFIsafe and FSoE is complex and time-consuming. 

Ixxat Safe from HMS Networks offers the industry‘s most comprehensive product and service offerings for integrating safe IOs and communication solutions based on EN ISO 13849-1 and EN/IEC 62061. 

  • Pre-certified by TÜV Rheinland. 
  • Speeds up your development process. 
  • Reduces development costs and risks

CAN communication

Repeaters, bridges, galvanic isolation – there are many infrastructure issues that need to be addressed in robot controllers. CAN expertise and Ixxat CAN products from HMS networks enable internal communication in robot controllers. 
Product categories

Products used for robot controllers

What users say

Case studies and testimonials


Connecting robot accessories to any industrial network

Robots need accessories to work efficiently. But what’s the easiest way to connect the accessories to factory networks? The easiest way is to use Anybus’ ready-made products and expertise, as RSP found out.
Fieldbus connection for robots with Ixxat INpact interfaces
PC interface cards Ixxat

Fieldbus connection of robots with customer higher-level systems

Yaskawa offers industry-leading, high-speed industrial robots for various fields of application. For integration into customer environments, fieldbus connection for different networks is required – this is the point where the Ixxat INpact from HMS comes into action.
Embedded network interfaces Anybus

SVIA: Connectivity between Profibus, DeviceNet and EtherNet/IP with Anybus X-gateway

Anybus X-gateways connect DeviceNet-based robot cells to several other industrial networks. This is cheaper than using a robot cabinet with multiple networks installed and provides clear cuts between the robot cell and the factory network.


What is a Robot Controller? 

Robot controllers are pivotal in robotic systems, functioning as the robot's "brains" to control movements and operations with precision. They ensure the robot performs tasks accurately and efficiently. 

What communication networks does a robot controller use? 

Robot controllers can use a wide variety of network protocols. They may use serial interfaces like RS-232 and RS-485, CAN communication, fieldbus protocols such as DeviceNet and Profibus, Industrial Ethernet protocols such as EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, and Modbus TCP are becoming increasingly popular. The choice of protocol often depends on the specific application, industry standards, and the requirements of the robotic system. 

Are they safe? 

To ensure safety, robot controllers must be designed with safety as a paramount consideration, adhering to industry standards such as EN ISO 13849-1 and EN IEC 62061. The controllers must incorporate essential safety features, including emergency stop functions, safety monitoring, and compliance control mechanisms, to effectively minimize risks and maintain a secure operating environment within robotic systems. 


Talk to an expert about Robot controllers

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