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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.

Oct 27, 2013

What are the most common AS-Interface errors? There are a few errors that are made repeatedly when installing AS-Interface. The good news is that these errors are easily prevented and easy to correct even after the fact:

  • -Network is too long due to misinterpretation of the 100 m segment length limit
  • -Using a...

Oct 20, 2013

Replacing an AS-Interface gateway. AS-Interface has been around for 20 years and there will come a time when a user wants to or needs to replace an old gateway. A few years ago, AS-Interface gateways with memory cards started to show up that will make gateway replacement trivial. Replacing an older unit is more of a...

Oct 13, 2013

Why use AS-Interface with an upper level bus? Engineers frequently ask why they should use AS Interface when they already have EtherNet/IP or PROFIBUS. Simplicity and flexibility are the main reasons and the AS-Interface flat cable is at the center of this since it offers the following features:

  • -Ability to connect...

Oct 6, 2013

Why use AS-Interface instead of hardwiring I/O?
Even though conventional I/O hardware is most likely cheaper than AS-Interface I/O modules, users need to consider the hidden cost of hardwiring:

  • -Enclosures, knockouts, and marshaling terminals
  • -Conduit and cable trays
  • -Cable and installation labor
  • -PLC backplane limits