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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.

Mar 31, 2013

AS-Interface is a topology-free network allowing the network cable to be routed in just about any shape desirable.  Repeaters, and in some cases terminators, allow the creation of very large networks -- 1000 m or more.

  • - Segment length
  • - Extending networks using repeaters
  • - Can we build a ring?
  • - AS-Interface in a...


Mar 24, 2013

Many AS-Interface gateways on the market have some kind of LC-display.  In today’s TechTalk Tim and Helge explain why such displays are helpful during the engineering as well as during the operating phase.

  • - Identifying missing slaves
  • - Detecting unknown slaves on the network
  • - Earth fault and peripheral fault
  • -...


Mar 17, 2013

Properly powering an AS-Interface gateway is import.  In this episode Tim and Helge cover various methods of applying power and explain advanced features offered by some modern AS-Interface gateway designs. 

  • - Black and yellow terminals on advanced gateway
  • - Considering voltage drop
  • - Power redundancy
  • - Advanced...


Mar 12, 2013

AS-Interface gateways keep several data lists that are useful during commissioning and troubleshooting.  These lists also play a role during the automatic node replacement procedure.  Tim and Helge explain why these lists are important, how they can be accessed, and what the PRG enable LED means.

  • - List of...


Mar 3, 2013

Continuing their discussion of AS-Interface gateways, Tim and Helge talk about mapping I/O into the PLC. Since gateways map this I/O into a fixed map, adding or even removing modules later is trivial. Specifically on EtherNet/IP, the I/O instances make it convenient for the programmer to define how much data a gateway...