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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.

Jun 30, 2013

AS-Interface safe outputs have several use cases.  Last week, the theory of operation of AS-Interface safe output modules was discussed. This week, Tim and Helge talk about the effects the safe addresses have on the applications.

  • - Several safe outputs utilize the same safe address -- in this case, all safe outputs...


Jun 23, 2013

AS-Interface safe remote outputs allow safe control far away from the main controls enclosure.  With AS-Interface safe outputs, users will no longer have to run high voltage over great distances, reducing wiring even further.  Users must understand the safe output concept.

  • - Safe address -- these addresses are...


Jun 16, 2013

The low-cost, compact KE4 Basic Monitor can be configured as a stand-alone device, performing safe and non-safe control tasks.  By combining the KE4 with AS-Interface, it becomes a surprisingly powerful micro safety PLC.

  • - On-board I/O -- eight inputs and eight outputs
  • - Flexible I/O configuration -- mix safe and...


Jun 9, 2013

Not every user needs the ability to have safety devices on two AS-Interface networks.  For those smaller applications, the lower cost, compact KE4 Basic Monitor / safety controller is probably best.

  • - Safety capabilities --  two electronic on-board safe outputs and up to eight remote safe outputs
  • - Logic functions --...


Jun 4, 2013

Last week, Tim and Helge mentioned some of the benefits of the 16-channel Safety Monitor.  While this is a great device, combining the Safety Monitor with a gateway  on unit offers additional benefits at a reduced cost.

  • Two devices in one offers a cost advantage
  • Faster installation
  • Increased reliability through a...