Bürkert’s EDIP integrates networking and field devices
Digitally integrated field devices make system implementation and management simpler.
In supporting the majors, Bürkert discovered there was clear opportunity to provide intelligent networking of its products that could connect and integrate a number of field devices on existing systems. From sensors to actuators, in an industrial environment, EDIP makes possible what users are already familiar with in their daily lives, such as smartphones or tablets, allowing the user to monitor and control complete processes by means of user-friendly and intuitive touch controls, without the costly exercise of changing existing infrastructure.
Flexibility built into state-of-the art products
For the past five years, Bürkert has designed and manufactured with the future in mind. EDIP consists of three main components: hardware, software and communication — a device platform that standardises the operation, communication and interfaces of process devices.
The spinal cord and connecting link of EDIP is a digital interface based on the CANopen industrial standard: the Bürkert system büS. This concept requires no master — all networked devices have equal rights and automatically allocate addresses. The message recipient (consumer) monitors the information provider (producer) and reports an error if the information is not delivered.
Another important element of EDIP is the Bürkert Communicator configuration software. This software is used for the configuration, parameterisation, diagnosis and servicing of all new Bürkert products. In addition to the basic functions of configuration and parameterisation, the software also features a graph view for displaying process values. Settings can be saved, modified, printed and transferred to other devices. The graphical programming interface makes it possible to implement virtually unlimited functions and to control customised processes. Access to the network is possible during operation and users have the option to connect several devices simultaneously.
Users can use EDIP to implement different modular hardware systems. The device platform is therefore ideal for both compact and modular field devices. Modules can be combined for the individual application requirements. An example is the SCU (System Control Unit). Depending on the application requirements, it is possible to expand this unit to include additional I/O modules for the integration of any number of sensors and actuators.
A platform that offers unlimited possibilities
Through its various integrated elements, EDIP’s intelligent networking offers an unlimited range of possibilities through:
- Standardised interfaces for convenient device integration
- Graphical programming for individual process steps
- Providing one tool for commissioning, diagnosis and service
- Reduced parameterisation for fast and east startup
- Individualised and flexible implementation for short delivery times
- An intuitive user interface for easy and convenient operation
- Leading the way in intelligent networking
Bürkert strives to lead the way in networked automation solutions. With over 70 years’ experience in developing and implementing solutions by providing worldwide connectivity options that cater to customers’ requirements, regardless of plant processes, preferred setup or integration needs.
Driven by the movement of mass production and process automation throughout industries, Bürkert aims to simplify and provide peace of mind by offering reliability in both fit-for-purpose products and support.
Bürkert provides a number of gateway and networked options for customers with adaptable and integrative product and technology. As world leaders in supporting core and essential industries, continual innovation is imperative to meet growing demands.
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