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I Lost My IP Address!

Posted by Tim Cicerchi on Thu, May 23, 2013

The IP address is a critical part of the network for industrial Ethernet devices

This may sound ridiculous. Most of us have experience with commercial Ethernet devices such as PCs, DSL modems, network printers, etc. All of these devices set their IP addresses automatically using a network DHCP server. The PC or printer name is all that is important.

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Topics: Troubleshooting, AS-Interface, RFID, Software

How to Install the MNI40 Incremental Encoder

Posted by Zach Steck on Tue, Apr 30, 2013

The MNI40 magnetic incremental rotary encoder is the most compact encoder in the Pepperl+Fuchs product line.  Even with its small size, this incremental encoder is extremely durable and is not affected by environmental conditions. It has an IP67 protection rating, so you can expect reliable performance in dirty, dusty, or even wet conditions.  It also has a large temperature range from -40 °C to 100 °C and has proven itself with a long service life at these extreme temperatures as well as operating at high speeds.

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Topics: Rotary Encoders, Troubleshooting

How Do I Connect a WirelessHART Adapter to a Pepperl+Fuchs Gateway?

Posted by Robert Schosker on Wed, Feb 20, 2013

Use PACTware software to program Wireless HART devices

Are you having trouble making the connection between Pepperl+Fuchs’ WirelessHART adapter and gateway? This post will take you step by step through the process of programming a Pepperl+Fuchs WHA-ADP (ADP) battery-powered adapter to connect to our WirelessHART gateway WHA-GW (GW) and PACTware 4.x (PW).

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Topics: HART, Troubleshooting, Ask an Expert

How to Replace an AS-Interface Safety Monitor with Gateway

Posted by Helge Hornis on Tue, Dec 18, 2012

Replacing an actuator sensor interface K30 Series safety monitor

If you have been following this blog you probably read about our How-To video on replacing an AS-Interface (actuator sensor interface) safe input module. 

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Topics: Troubleshooting, AS-Interface

How to Configure the ID Address on an Industrial Barcode Reader

Posted by Brent Dean on Tue, Dec 11, 2012

Configuring the Wireless PSCAN-M and Base Station PSCAN-B

Configuring an industrial barcode reader doesn’t have to be complicated. The following steps will help you to configure our PSCAN-M barcode readers.

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Topics: Troubleshooting, Industrial Monitors/ HMI

How to Replace an AS-Interface Safety Controller

Posted by Helge Hornis on Tue, Nov 27, 2012

Specifically, the VAS-2A8L-KE4-8SE stand-alone safety controller

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Topics: Troubleshooting, AS-Interface

How Intelligent Is Your Light Grid?

Posted by Michael Turner on Tue, Nov 20, 2012

After a recent altercation with an older, legacy light grid, perhaps the better question is: How intelligent are you?

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Topics: Light Grids, Troubleshooting

How to Replace an AS-Interface Safety Monitor

Posted by Helge Hornis on Thu, Nov 15, 2012

Replacing a consortium monitor is fairly easy...

Recently we put together a how-to video showing you the simple steps necessary when replacing an AS-Interface safe input module.  Recall that any AS-Interface safe input module can be replaced quickly and without the need for additional tools.  A maintenance person performing this operation only needs an identical, new, out of stock replacement module; no specific knowledge of the operation of the safety system is necessary. 

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Topics: Troubleshooting, AS-Interface

Understanding Line Fault Detection with Intrinsic Safety Barriers

Posted by Barbara Vazquez-Isla on Thu, Oct 04, 2012

Monitor lead breakage and detect short circuits with IS barriers

Discrete input signals send an "on" or "off" signal from devices such as a pushbutton, switch, or contact. When the application requires an intrinsically safe circuit, the typical circuit consists of a field device, an intrinsic safety barrier, and a controller (DCS or PLC).

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Topics: Troubleshooting, Intrinsic Safety Barriers

How to Replace an AS-Interface Safety Module

Posted by Helge Hornis on Tue, Oct 02, 2012

A step-by-step video

Every week I find myself helping customers getting their AS-Interface Safety at Work systems up and running.  Some of those calls are concerned with new, first-time installations while others deal with installations that have been in operation for nearly 10 years. And since AS-Interface is an open, multi-vendor technology and Safety at Work (its safety technology) is supported by many competing companies, these conversations are not limited to setups using Pepperl+Fuchs' hardware exclusively.

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Topics: Troubleshooting, AS-Interface

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