AS-Interface – Design Simplicity and Cost Containment
Title: Design Simplicity and Cost Containment
Date: Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Organized by: AS-Interface Organization North America with participation of Bihl+Wiedemann
Industrial clients, customers, and entire markets require products of increasingly higher quality while also demanding strict cost containment. Automation has long been the accepted way to achieve these seemingly contradictory goals. As the output quality of modern machines continues to increase with no limit in sight, the resulting complexity of modern automation technology makes it more difficult to keep costs from escalating. For many years, AS-Interface, a low-level communication technology connecting sensors and actuators to PLCs, has addressed cost escalation by adhering to a strict design simplicity. The result is unparalleled design speed for any kind of automation system. Additional advantages of AS-Interface stem from the fact that it allows full integration of functional safety and the ability to interface I/O in Class/Division rated environments.
Webinar participants will be introduced to AS-Interface fundamentals and will learn how to design a real-time, deterministic, low-level sensor network. The presenter will provide application examples from a range of industrial markets and offer a cost comparison outlining which specific aspects of AS-Interface lead to cost containment.
Participants will understand why machines, plants, and systems that take advantage of AS-Interface can be designed and constructed faster and thus positively influence cash flow.
Attend this webinar and learn:
- Basic design rules
- Available products
- Solutions layout and resulting benefits
Fig. 1: Michael Corban, chief editor of the magazine "elektro AUTOMATION" (at right in photo), hands the certificate to Thomas Rönitzsch, Press Officer at Bihl+Wiedemann.
The AS-i 3.0 Sercos Gateway, CIP Safety over Sercos, with Safe Link (BWU3160) stood out for the following:
- Safe control of drives with integrated speed monitor and safe fieldbus interface
- Simplified handling and reduced hardware and installation costs through integration of drive-, peripheral- and safety-bus as well as standard Ethernet in a single network
- CIP Safety via Sercos for 2 AS-i networks, integrated switch
- Version "1 Gateway, 1 power supply for 2 AS-i networks"
- Applications up to SIL3/Cat4/PLe
- Chip card for easy device exchange
- 2 AS-i Masters in 1 Gateway
- 3 two-channel inputs in the unit, expandable by up to 62 two-channel safe inputs
- 6 independent safe outputs in the device expandable to maximum 64 independent safe outputs
Fig. 2: AS-i 3.0 CIP Safety over Sercos Gateway with integrated Safety Monitor, 2 AS-i masters
Cooperative efforts such as the joint development of the TBPN, the world’s first hybrid safety/standard block I/O module from Turck, have been part of the corporate strategy at Bihl+Wiedemann since the founding of the company in 1992. Partnering with others, solutions for customers can be implemented in extremely short times – solutions that would often likely not exist without the joint efforts of suppliers. Because the point of departure for cooperative projects is frequently the wishes of the machine builders or users to have access to products that combine the core competencies of two or more companies in one. In this specific case Bihl+Wiedemann and Turck succeeded jointly in combining the standard and IO-Link ports of IP67 expert Turck with the safety electronics for the safe in- and outputs of the safety experts from Mannheim along with the associated safety software into a multi-functional, robust Profinet/Profisafe I/O module in IP65/67/69k.
Fig.: Jochen Bihl (left), managing director of Bihl+Wiedemann, and Turck managing director Christian Wolf look forward to close cooperation.
Bihl+Wiedemann GmbH made it to the Top 5 of the Automation Award 2014 with their Safety Basic Monitor with Ethernet interface (BWU2852). Awarded annually at SPS ICP Drives, this is the most distinguished prize in the automation industry. The Safety Basic Monitor was selected by a jury of experts and visitors to SPS IPC Drives as one of the Top 5 of all submitted products in the area of Control Engineering and System Solutions.
The Safety Basic Monitor with Ethernet interface (BWU2852) stood out for the following:
1. More cost-effective than emergency stop relays for just 3 or more safety signals
2. Installation width only 22.5 mm
3. Safe Link over Ethernet
4. Standstill/ speed monitoring
5. Flexibly expandable