Tyco Flow Control Pacific has been accredited by Profibus International (PI) as the first Profibus International Competence Centre (PICC) in Australia. Profibus is now a $60 billion market and dominates all sectors of industrial automation. It has more devices in the field than all rival Fieldbus systems combined.
The IndustrialTuff DataBus cable, part number 3076F, is registered to the Foundation Fieldbus H1 Cable Test Specification. It is a Type A 18 AWG stranded cable featuring a polyolefin insulation, orange or intrinsically safe blue PVC jacket and a 100% Beldfoil shield with TC drain wire.
Digi International has introduced a line of wired and wireless device networking solutions designed for reliable operation in hazardous environments. The product line includes the Digi Connect WAN IA cellular router, XTend RF modem, PortServer TS Haz MEI serial server and Digi One IAP Haz serial server.
The world’s largest ‘smart’ pulping mill has been built by Celulosa Arauco at Nueva Aldea in central Chile. Digital automation by Emerson Process Management allows mill personnel to readily access more data, allowing for easier calibration and greater mill-wide visibility, efficiency and management.
Transition’s industrial POE switches are power sourcing equipment devices that comply with the IEEE802.3af 2003 standard and combine data received over a fibre-optic link with -48 VDC power, providing power to powered devices over unshielded twisted pair cabling.
The PSSuniversal decentralised I/O system, for connection to Profinet and Profinet safe, can be individually adapted to suit the respective application. It is easy to manage during commissioning and engineering.
BlueScope Steel set up its first Colorbond paintline facility in 1966 at Port Kembla and, over the years, demand for its roofing, guttering, fences, sheds and warehouses showed phenomenal growth. With demand for Colorbond steel products pushing capacity limits in 2003, the company decided to set up a plant at Erskine Park in Sydney, as the city’s western region had become the single biggest consumer of Colorbond products in Australia.
Siemens has added a new interface module with CPU functionality to the Simatic ET200S product family of distributed I/O devices. The IM151-8 PN/DP CPU handles control tasks and communications functions via Profinet. The module is also available in a fail-safe version IM151-8 PN/DP F-CPU.
Moxa has announced the EDS-200A series ethernet switches. This series includes both 5- and 8-port models that come with a rugged, IP30 protected, aluminium housing and redundant dual power inputs with 9.6 to 60 VDC or 18 to 30 VAC to give users greater flexibility for a variety of industrial applications.
The EKI-1521 and EKI-1522 serial device servers allow RS232/422/485 serial devices to be remotely monitored, managed and controlled over ethernet and internet protocol (IP) networks. Equipped with dual 10/100Base-Tx ethernet ports, these devices ensure data transmission even in the event of a network link failure.
There have been many comparisons between Foundation Fieldbus (FF) and Profibus for use on field instruments in the process industries. If you put the two protocols side by side you will see that either will do the job and provide the much published cost savings.
Hirschmann has released two managed industrial ethernet switches - a Fast (model RSR20) and a Gigabit Ethernet version (RSR30). Featuring a metal case and redundant power supplies (DC/DC or AC/DC mix), they are designed to provide extremely high EMI resistance.
The JRBS junction bricks for Foundation Fieldbus provide quick and easy connection of multiple devices to the main fieldbus trunk. JRBS junction bricks are available with 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 ports and feature removable terminals for simple, efficient installation and wiring modification in tight spaces.