Time Sync Module

A-TSM/B

Time Sync Module

A-TSM/B

The Time Sync module provides Precision Time Protocol (PTP – Grand Master) and NTP Time services. This enables precision time synchronization for Logix Controllers and HMI systems. It can also provide GPS position and velocity data. The module uses an on-board GPS receiver to provide accurate time and position information.

Because the module is stand-alone and connects to various devices over an Ethernet network the module can be placed as close as possible to the antenna position removing the need for costly low-loss coaxial cables that was traditionally needed to connect the GPS antenna to the module. The on-board GPS receiver also provides velocity and odometer reading allowing the user to implement the module in various vehicle and tracking applications. The GPS accuracy information provided allows the user/controller to make calculated decision when looking at the position, velocity, or odometer information.

  • Description

Description

Time Sync Module

The Time Sync module provides Precision Time Protocol (PTP – Grand Master) and NTP Time services. This enables precision time synchronization for Logix Controllers and HMI systems. It can also provide GPS position and velocity data. The module uses an on-board GPS receiver to provide accurate time and position information.

Because the module is stand-alone and connects to various devices over an Ethernet network the module can be placed as close as possible to the antenna position removing the need for costly low-loss coaxial cables that was traditionally needed to connect the GPS antenna to the module. The on-board GPS receiver also provides velocity and odometer reading allowing the user to implement the module in various vehicle and tracking applications. The GPS accuracy information provided allows the user/controller to make calculated decision when looking at the position, velocity, or odometer information.

A built-in webserver provides detailed diagnostics of system configuration and operation, including the display of GPS time, position, and velocity without the need for any additional software.

Architectures

aparian A-TSM/B TimeSync Fig1

aparian A-TSM/B TimeSync Fig2

Features and Benefits

  • Support for Legacy PLC5/SLC time synchronization
  • 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) master
  • 1588 PTP Network Transport UDP or IEEE802.3
  • Network Time Protocol (NTP) master or slave
  • High accuracy time synchronization (onboard GPS receiver)
  • Isolated GPS Receiver
  • Position, Velocity and odometer readings

Configuration

The Slate Configuration Utility software is used for configuration and troubleshooting of the module. The stand-alone configuration utility allows users to define the setup and configuration of the Time Sync module, connections with controllers and devices.

 

Specifications

EtherNet/IP Network

Specification Description
Connector RJ45
Conductors CAT5 STP/UTP
ARP Connections Max 20
TCP Connections Max 20
CIP Connections Max 10
Communication Rate 10/100 Mbps
Duplex Mode Full / Half
Auto-MDIX Support Yes

GPS

Specification Rating
Antenna Port SMA-Female
Supported Constellations GPS / QZSS, GLONASS, SBAS, BeiDou
Velocity Accuracy 0.05 m/s
Heading Accuracy 0.3 degrees
Horizontal Position Accuracy 2.5 m (Autonomous) 2.0 m (SBAS)
Accuracy of Time Pulse Signal 60 ns
Altitude Limit 50,000 m
Velocity Limit 500 m/s

GPS Antenna

Specification Rating
Antenna Connector SMA-Male
Cable Length 3 m
Cable Type RG174
Antenna Type Active
Active Gain 27dB (Typical)
Noise Figure 1.5 (Maximum)
Voltage 2.7 to 5.5 VDC
Temperature -35 to +85 °C

1588 PTP / NTP

Specification Rating
NTP support (PC time synchronization) Yes
1588 PTP Grandmaster support Yes
1588 PTP Management Support Yes
1588 PTP End-to-End (E2E) Delay Mechanism Support Yes
1588 PTP Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Delay Mechanism Support Yes
1588 PTP / NTP GPS clock source support Yes
1588 PTP Holdover reporting support Yes
1588 PTP Network Transport IPv4 UDP IEEE802.3

Legacy Device Time Synchronization

Specification Rating
Allen-Bradley PLC5 time synchronization Yes
Allen-Bradley SLC time synchronization Yes
Modbus Device register updating Yes
Legacy Device Auto Time Zone support Yes

NOTE:  All products are pre-order items

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