Exchange when Redesigning, Revising or Modifying a System
When designing a new system or revising an existing machine, it is recommended to use the latest and most powerful devices. The successor models offer all the well-known advantages of the previous Bihl+Wiedemann gateways, plus a wealth of new functions and the best value for money.
Even if you are not (yet) planning to use ASi-5 technology, it is worth switching to the new Bihl+Wiedemann ASi-5/ASi-3 masters wherever possible. They are not only the most powerful ASi-3 fieldbus gateways but also future-proof, thanks to the new field update capability.
Comparison of Functions and Technical Characteristics
When designing a new system or modernising an existing machine, it is important to select the right device with the required technical features.
Especially, when exchanging a gateway or safety monitor in an existing machine with a successor model, care must be taken to ensure that these particular technical characteristics match or exceed (depending on the desired upgrade of the machine) those of your current model:
Fieldbus and device description file
Number of ASi masters, number of ASi circuits
Power consumption per ASi circuit
Required power supply unit
Number and position of connections
Type/protocol of safety communication
Number/type of (local) safe inputs
Number/type of (local) safe outputs
Number of ASi-3 slaves, number of ASi-5 slaves
Required version of Bihl+Wiedemann software suites for configuration, diagnosis and commissioning
The successor models recommended by Bihl+Wiedemann are always as similar as possible to the respective archive articles with regard to the above criteria and at the same time they offer as many new functions and improved technology as possible.
Procedure with Differences in Technical Characteristics
Changing the Device Description File/TIA Portal
Each standard gateway and each gateway with integrated safety monitor has its own device description file (GSD, EDS etc.). When switching from one device to a successor model, the corresponding file must be downloaded from the product detail view of the respective device via the "Downloads" tab.
The video tutorials explain step-by-step how to integrate a successor model into the higher-level control system. If you have any questions about changing a device description file, please do not hesitate to contact our support team at any time.
The number and position of the connections for peripheral devices (sensors, actuators) as well as for ASi and AUX (auxiliary power) vary to a certain extent between archived items and successor models depending on the design and performance characteristics of the particular device. In some cases, the dimensions between the devices may also differ.
Please make sure that there is sufficient space available for installation in the electrical cabinet and that the connecting cables are of sufficient length.
For the corresponding technical details, please refer to the datasheet and the attached documentation. An Eplan macro is also available for each unit as a download on the respective product detail page.
Depending on design and performance characteristics, both the position and the shape of the diagnostic interface connector can vary between the archived articles and the successor model, as can the dimensions.
Older, archived items usually have a recessed RS232 port on the top, but all current standard gateways and gateways with an integrated safety monitor are equipped with an RJ45 diagnostic interface on the front side of the device.
When updating a current machine, make sure that the connection cables in the system match the type of connection used for the successor model diagnostic interface.
ASIMON360 and ASi Control Tools360 With Hardware Catalog
In order to make optimal use of the ASi Fieldbus gateways with Bihl+Wiedemann ASi-3 master or ASi-5/ASi-3 master, it is recommended to use the most up to date version of the ASIMON360 or ASi Control Tools 360 software.
It is recommended to check the Bihl+Wiedemann Software Suite regularly for updates via Help > About > Check for Updates.