Ethernet-APL enables a new dimension in field communication: complete asset integration for field devices—regardless of device type, manufacturer and the communication technology, i.e. via Ethernet-APL or Profibus PA. Both technologies can be operated simultaneously on the same network infrastructure. In addition, FDI (Field Device Integration) technology ensures a uniform visualization and operation of field devices. The integrating tool for this is, for example, PACTware, a free framework for device management. New is that FDI technology from various manufacturers is now being integrated into the products, which makes it realistic and easy for operators to use.
A benefit in practice is, for example, that complete diagnostic data enables software-based, proactive maintenance procedures that reduce cost, effort and risk. Asset management can back up the complete configuration data of the instrumentation fleet, e.g. for documentation and configuration procedures during instrument replacement.
The infrastructure that implements the connection from the control level to the field devices is based on the Ethernet-APL field switch from FieldConnex. The switch enables the parallel operation of Ethernet-APL and PROFIBUS PA with a single infrastructure, even leading into hazardous areas up to zone 0 with intrinsically safe connections Ex ia IIC. Division certification will follow as soon as the relevant standards are available. Accessories such as surge protection modules for the DIN rail or in a robust IP67 housing for mounting on the device round off the portfolio.
This allows users to tap into the benefits of digitization through fast communication to the field anywhere, taking into account all requirements for hazardous areas.
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