The strengths of AS-Interface technology are well known throughout factory automation. In addition to the low installation costs and flexible expandability, users appreciate the simple assembly and easy configuration of AS-Interface systems.
One of the few remaining challenges is the setup of larger amounts of I/O inside switch cabinets and junction boxes. Trying to manage and organize your wiring within a limited installation space is a real headache.
Pepperl+Fuchs' KE5 switch cabinet module is the newest member of our AS-Interface cabinet module family. A unique housing design enables distinct visibility and simplifies mounting, wiring, and maintenance inside switch cabinets and junction boxes.
Almost all AS-Interface modules feature spring and screw terminals that are positioned on the top and bottom of the module. The KE5 takes a different approach: connection points are located on the front and are simply pushed into the module.
The push-in connection at the front and individual plug-in terminals make installation quicker and easier. Cables are plugged-in in no time, and conveniently guided downward towards a single cable duct.
The hinged, half-transparent front cover was ingeniously designed to maintain at-a-glance I/O status even when open, provide a label for unmistakable I/O association, and cleverly route the cables so they can be bundled for a clean and organized cabinet.
For diagnostic and maintenance tasks, the KE5 features an intelligent display with backlit I/O identification and status-indication LEDs. It provides distinct I/O association, even in dark environments. Dual color LEDs are used to indicate overload of an output on a channel-specific basis.
In addition to the innovative housing and cover design, the KE5 comes with advantages on the inside. The terminal contacts for AS-i and AUX, which are internally bridged, achieve the full 10 A, eliminating the cumbersome double-wire-end ferrules at terminal points.
With an easily accessible switch, you can opt for sensor supply internally from AS-i or externally through AUX -- with a functional safe separation of both supply methods. This reduces the range of devices required, saves on costs, and increases plant availability.
The AS-Interface KE5 switch cabinet module is the right choice for AS-Interface users who want easy handling, flexible technology, and cost efficiency.