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The AS-Interface 'Circuit Board' module is a great solution when profile height matters.  Using an AS-Interface circuit board module and pre-mounting it in a small housing with six 22 mm holes is another good solution for user input/feedback.

  • --The circuit board module is fully encapsulated and quickly mounted using hook & loop
  • --The modules are designed for pushbutton inputs, selector switches and LEDs that can be completely powered from AS-Interface
  • --The "flying lead" version further simplifies installation
  • --The LT3 module can be expanded to 8-in and 8-out by adding a second circuit board module
Direct download: techtalk99.mp3
Category:AS-Interface Technology -- posted at: 5:00 PM

Most AS-Interface installations use 4-input or 4-input/4-output modules.  But there are many other AS-Interface devices, used less frequently, that are still very useful to know about. This episode covers some of those “application solvers.”

  • --Incandescent stack light elements are suitable when cost is top priority
  • --Light elements come in all standard colors
  • --The 'BUZZER' device is used to provide user information and allows feedback
  • --The 'BUZZER' offers illumination, a horn, and a capacitive touch button for user acknowledgment

 

 

Direct download: techtalk98.mp3
Category:AS-Interface Technology -- posted at: 1:16 PM

When space is at a premium, AS-Interface G10 modules from Pepperl+Fuchs are the best solution. These are the smallest full-featured AS-Interface modules with some big advantages:

  • -- Smallest module on the market simplifies installation
  • -- Integrated pigtail I/O connection speeds up installation when it matters the most
  • -- Ideal for low-density I/O situations
  • -- Safety module available for any dry contact safe input
Direct download: techtalk97.mov
Category:AS-Interface Technology -- posted at: 5:00 PM

Do all automation products have to be rectangular? No! The round G11 AS-Interface module family from Pepperl+Fuchs offers unique features that make this the best choice in many tough situations:

  • -- Round design looks great no matter how it is oriented
  • -- Super sturdy mounting base makes this AS-Interface module ideal for tough installations
  • -- O-ring design results in IP68/69K without the need for encapsulation
  • -- Models with M12 network connection add even more mounting flexibility
Direct download: techtalk96.mov
Category:AS-Interface Technology -- posted at: 5:00 PM

Most AS-Interface modules are designed for field mount applications and the G12 family of AS-Interface modules from Pepperl+Fuchs is an ideal solution with some very special features:

  • -- Stainless steel M12 I/O connections for harsh conditions
  • -- 100 % tool-less installation for fast mounting
  • -- Mounting base with integrated screw and DIN mount
  • -- Port-specific output overload indication for fast troubleshooting
Direct download: techtalk95.mov
Category:AS-Interface Technology -- posted at: 5:00 PM

AS-Interface is frequently used by mounting modules inside of cabinets and junction boxes. Many suppliers offer IP20 devices, but Pepperl+Fuchs' KE and KE1 AS-Interface modules are unique and offer a number of significant advantages:

  • --Color-coded removable terminals speed up installation and maintenance
  • --Versions with electronic and relay outputs add application flexibility
  • --DIP switch selectable AS-Interface/AUX sensor power
  • --Shallow KE1 design is ideal for compact junction boxes
  • --Port-specific output overload indication for fast troubleshooting
Direct download: techtalk94.mov
Category:AS-Interface Technology -- posted at: 5:00 PM

In this flashback episode, Tim and Helge discuss how AS-interface power supplies are different in several aspects.  AS-Interface power supplies provide a higher primary voltage and contain the decoupling circuit-enabling data and communication on the same cable.  Tim and Helge cover how to determine the size of the AS-Interface power supply.

  • -- AS-Interface power supply
  • -- Voltage
  • -- Current
  • -- How to size the power supply
  • -- Grounding and ground fault detection

Download this useful tool: The AS-Interface Power Calculator

Direct download: techtalk93a-flashback-5.mp3
Category:AS-Interface Technology -- posted at: 5:00 PM

In this episode, AS-Interface expert Tracy Molnar identifies three more topics she frequently discusses with customers.

  • --How large does a system have to be for AS-Interface to make sense?  That depends on a number of details like whether there will be safety or if the PLC offers a low-cost scanner card.
  • --How do you connect to the AS-Interface network?  Most modules can be directly connected to the flat cable. Using G10 passive adapters are another option.
  • -How do you replace a failed safe-input module?  The process is simple but requires an extra step.  It is also important that the safe device must be in the 'released' state.  To see how this is done take a look at our video.

 

Direct download: techtalk93.mp3
Category:AS-Interface Technology -- posted at: 4:00 PM

In this episode, AS-Interface expert Tracy Molnar talks about typical customer topics she is dealing with frequently when discussing AS-Interface modules. Her three most common topics are:

  • --VAA and VBA modules and what kind of an address do I need? full address or half address?
  • --Disabling inputs on the AS-Interface G11 analog input module and why a user would be interested in doing this.
  • --Most inputs on AS-Interface digital modules are wired such that connector ports 1 and 3 also give access to inputs 2 and 4.  Use V11 3-wire cables when this is not desirable.

Get data sheets and manuals for AS-Interface modules on our website.

Direct download: techtalk92.mp3
Category:AS-Interface Technology -- posted at: 4:00 PM

Common Questions about AS-Interface Part II -- Zach continues to talk about three most common AS-Interface topics he discusses with customers:

  • Cabling options including color (black/yellow), chemical resistance, lengths, and higher diameter options
  • AS-Interface intelligent sensors vs. standard sensors with AS-Interface modules
  • ASiMon software is downloadable for free from the website.  This version is ideal for maintenance and service but does not allow any changes to the configurations
Direct download: techtalk91.mp3
Category:AS-Interface Technology -- posted at: 4:00 PM