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Pepperl+Fuchs Blog

Integrating AS-Interface into Rockwell Automation PLCs Has Never Been Easier!

Posted by Danius Silgalis on Fri, Jun 16, 2017

What do you need to get started?

  • You will need the AS-Interface Toolkit for Rockwell Automation PLCs—it's a Zip file you can download from our website.
  • This toolkit is intended to help a PLC programmer by providing ALL the necessary tools for integrating AS-Interface into a Rockwell Automation PLC.

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Topics: AS-Interface

Don't Rule Out The Benefits of EV Ethernet AS-Interface Gateways

Posted by Danius Silgalis on Fri, Apr 21, 2017

AS-Interface gateways control the AS-Interface system and make the process data available to all higher-level networks of the PLC in a defined configuration. Pepperl+Fuchs offers AS-Interface gateways for all standard buses such as EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, PROFIBUS, DeviceNet and CC-Link. When considering EtherNet/IP or MODBUS/TCP gateways for AS-Interface networks, keep these benefits in mind:

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Topics: AS-Interface

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors Episode 23

Posted by John Appleson on Mon, Mar 20, 2017

This episode of Ask an Expert for industrial sensors examines and provides answers to interesting sensing questions we've received from customers just like you. We explore and answer these questions:

  1. What load does a proximity switch need to sense for bench testing?
  2. Does the SJ5-N inductive slot sensor need an intrinsic safety barrier?
  3. Should I use a fiber optic sensor for injection molded parts detection?
  4. Are the components in an AS-Interface circuit board module epoxy encapsulated or sealed?
  5. Do you have a handheld solution to identify nonworking RFID tags?
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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors, AS-Interface, Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert, RFID

3 Unique Advantages of EV Ethernet AS-Interface Gateways

Posted by Danius Silgalis on Fri, Feb 03, 2017

AS-Interface gateways are the core of the wiring system.  They serve as the link between the sensor/actuator level of AS-Interface and the upper-level bus systems where PLCs (programmable logic controllers), PCs or other field bus systems reside.

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Topics: AS-Interface

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors Episode 22

Posted by John Appleson on Fri, Jan 20, 2017

This episode of Ask an Expert for industrial sensors examines and provides answers to interesting sensing questions we've received from customers just like you. We explore and answer these questions:

  1. Do you have non-incendive inductive proximity sensors?
  2. Diffuse mode photoelectric sensors - what are the adjustment ranges?
  3. Do you have a steel-sensing sensor that can withstand temperature extremes, shock, and vibration?
  4. Can the inductive sensor NJ8-18GK-SN be ordered with terminal connections instead of leads?
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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors, AS-Interface, Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert, RFID

Hilmot and Pepperl+Fuchs Partner in Innovative Roller Conveyor Solution Using AS-Interface

Posted by Danius Silgalis on Thu, Dec 08, 2016

As an industry leader, Hilmot is constantly working to improve its innovative technologies in material handling applications. Hilmot turned to Pepperl+Fuchs, a pioneer in industrial sensors and factory automation systems. Leveraging the advantages of AS-Interface, Pepperl+Fuchs developed a motor control module compatible with Hilmot's motorized drive roller (MDR) applications—the H-20 line of MDR systems.

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Topics: AS-Interface

Efficient Control Cabinet Wiring with Daisy Chains

Posted by Sonja Armbruster on Fri, Oct 14, 2016

Conventional wiring of hardware components inside a control cabinet can be a complex task: Establishing separate connections of single modules eats up time and precious cabinet space. An effective way to minimize the effort is to interconnect multiple modules using a cable with pre-configured wiring links.

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Topics: Cables/ Cordsets, AS-Interface

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors - Episode 21

Posted by John Appleson on Fri, Oct 07, 2016

This episode of Ask an Expert for industrial sensors examines and provides answers to interesting sensing questions we've received from customers just like you. We explore and answer these questions:

1. Where can I find the add-on instructions for an industrial RFID controller?
2. How do I set the time delay function on a background suppression photoelectric sensor?
3. Is there interface software to view an AS-Interface network via a laptop or PC?
4. Can I swap out a photoelectric sensor for an ultrasonic sensor in a dusty paper mill application?

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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors, AS-Interface, Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert, RFID

Do I Always Need an AS-Interface Power Supply for My AS-Interface Network?

Posted by Danius Silgalis on Tue, Sep 27, 2016

AS-Interface networks consist of three main categories:

  • Gateways or scanner cards (masters)
  • Power supplies and repeaters (infrastructure)
  • Modules and sensors (slaves)

AS-Interface power supplies supply 30.5 VDC power for nodes connected to the AS-Interface yellow cable.  The decoupling coils in an AS-Interface power supply enable communication and power to be transmitted over a single cable. 
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Topics: AS-Interface

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors - Episode 20

Posted by John Appleson on Thu, Sep 01, 2016

This episode of Ask an Expert for industrial sensors examines and provides answers to interesting sensing questions we've received from customers just like you. We explore and answer these questions:

  1. Can the inductive sensor NBB1.5-5GM25-E2-V3 detect non-ferrous metals? How does that affect the sensing range?
  2. An inductive sensor won't read above 500 rpm. What's the problem here?
  3. What does the fault error F-4 mean on an AS-Interface network?
  4. Does the MTT-6000 RFID reader need an antenna or read head?
  5. Do you have a capacitive sensor for high temperatures, about 150 °C?
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Topics: Inductive Sensors, Capacitive Sensors, AS-Interface, Ask an Expert, RFID

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