Efficiency, transparency, and availability—now with Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things, these requirements are more accessible than ever. Plant operators can ensure maximum plant availability and the highest degree of protection for humans and machines. A fundamental prerequisite is an infrastructure for seamless data integration to all intelligent devices in the field. With the latest FieldConnex® Power Hub generation from Pepperl+Fuchs, the engineering via PROFIBUS DP and PROFINET is made easy. Discover the most compact fieldbus power supply solution on the market and the numerous benefits it offers you.
For the very first time, Pepperl+Fuchs offers a PROFINET gateway allowing a direct connection between PROFINET and PROFIBUS PA. The new gateway supports PROFINET S2 system redundancy and topologies with PROFINET ring redundandcy. Smooth communication is ensured, even in the event of a potential failure at the DCS or the Ethernet network. Ongoing operations are not harmed.
The new FieldConnex® Power Hubs are much more compact than all previous models. With no compromise in performance and power, they take up far less space and require fewer control cabinets for the same number of segments. The Power Hubs also impress with the lowest level of power dissipation on the market, avoiding costly measures for active air conditioning. This not only saves costs for engineering, but also contributes to lower overall energy consumption while ensuring a long service life.
Using a device type manager or web server, the new FieldConnex® Power Hubs can be configured and diagnosed from any remote location. Additionally, the advanced diagnostic module (ADM) enables users to continuously monitor the fieldbus physical layer. It identifies faults in real time and provides maintenance personnel with early, easy-to-understand information in clear text. Aside from a few fatal cases, such as short circuits, most issues with the fieldbus infrastructure do not immediately affect plant operations—by that we mean water ingress, ground faults or contact bounce. It is important to recognize these issues and enable maintenance teams to step in and quickly resolve them. This allows lowest commissioning and maintenance costs while maximizing safety of personnel and plant. The ADM—a must have for everyday life plant efficiency!
The FieldConnex® Power Hub supports the high-power trunk concept. This technology allows a large number of devices per segment to be installed over long cable distances. Intrinsic safety is possible with the high-power trunk concept when using FieldBarriers with intrinsically safe spur outputs.