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Pepperl+Fuchs Podcasts

Pepperl+Fuchs’ TechTalk helps listeners gain an insight into modern automation technologies by focusing on AS-Interface (Actuator Sensor Interface) and its associated safety technology, Safety at Work. TechTalk covers topics that range from hardware selection to installation and maintenance. Control engineers familiar with AS-Interface will get the latest news on specification enhancements, hear about new products, and familiarize themselves with established and cutting-edge troubleshooting methods, tips, and tricks.  Users who are interested in applying these technologies will learn what it takes to set up an AS-Interface system, how Safety at Work improves safety systems, and why those technologies have the potential to save time and money during all phases of a project.

Jul 20, 2014

AS-Interface Gateways -- For this episode, Tim selected an AS-Interface EtherNet/IP gateway (VBG-ENX-K20-DMD) supporting two AS-Interface networks.

  • --The master specification (M1-M4) identifies the capabilities of the gateway.  Today it is best to accept only gateways that are built to the M4 specification
  • --Some gateways have integrated higher level programming ability using, for instance, C
  • --Duplicate address detection, earth fault detection, and EMC monitoring are valuable diagnostic features
  • --LEDs are still used to provide direct user feedback.  As is true in nearly all cases. "all LEDs green" is a good thing