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AS-Interface

Automation Made Simple

AS-Interface is a globally standardized fieldbus system. Additional information on the benefits it provides, where it can be used and what you need to use it can be found here:

What is AS-Interface?

Data and power through a single cable
The abbreviation ASi stands for Actuator-Sensor Interface . This interface connects the modules in the lowest process level in automation systems with each other. The usual cable trees are replaced here by a single electrical cable – the ASi cable. This cable carries both data and power.

The four ASi components
Leading manufacturers around the world support this simple wiring system. It consists of four components: the master , the slaves , a power supply and the yellow ASi cable . Each slave has a unique address assigned to it which the master uses to exchange in- and output data. Insulation penetration technology means the modules can be quickly and easily attached or moved on the ASi cable.

Quickly identify and fix errors
Diagnostics units or masters with built-in diagnostic functions make troubleshooting easier. Failed slaves can be quickly identified, replaced and automatically re-addressed by the master.

An all-round good idea
In short: ASi is a system requiring little installation and maintenance effort, saving time and money. Additionally it is one of the simplest field busses, making its handling possible without specialized knowledge.

Simply a Powerful System

ASi allows you to freely choose your topology. For example

Safety – so problem-free
AS-Interface lets you even realize safety-relevant (EN ISO 13849) and noise-immune installations.

Installation – so simple
AS-Interface pioneered a clever installation technology with its unique flat cable. Simply insert cable, tighten down, and you're done.

Compatibility – so open
Operate with virtually any bus system: PROFIBUS, PROFINET, CC-Link, EtherNet/IP etc.

Costs – so low
AS-Interface drastically reduces wiring and installation cost and makes expansion or retrofitting very simple.

AS-Interface: Market and Facts

  • There are more than 37 million active ASi devices worldwide
  • 7 million of these are safety devices

  • Over 2.000 certified products
  • Safety relevant units with around 70% growth rate

Components of the ASi Network

AS-Interface Master

connects sensors and actuators through the ASi slaves to the higher-level controller.

AS-Interface Slave

reports to the master, has its own address and up to four in- or outputs.

The Cable

sends data and power over two conductors.

The Power Supply

supplies the ASi network with 30 volts.

Versatility

Factory Automation

Vehicle Automation

Process Automation

Bryggeriet, der netop er blevet indviet i april måned 2019, er projekteret og bygget af bryggerieksperterne GEA Process Engineering A/S. Overordnet styres alle bryggeriets processer inkl. ASi-Mastere og motorer af to PLC’er fra Siemens via Profinet. Alle tanke, kedler og anlægskomponenter kan indbyrdes forbindes ved hjælp af et system af 744 pneumatisk aktiverede procesventiler - der styres af otte ASi-Mastere fra Bihl+Wiedemann. På ASi-netværket er endvidere koblet instrumenter og sensorer, der registrerer procesdata fra hver gæringstank, som eksempelvis tryk, niveau og temperatur.

 

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Overview of ASi Benefits

  • Simple, low-cost commissioning
  • Just one cable for data and power
  • Noise-immune – ideal for safety-relevant equipment
  • Cost-saving
  • System- and manufacturer-neutral
  • Simple to configure and expand
  • Free topology – each slave can be located at any desired point

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