Just like a keyboard waiting to be played, the central u-remote station and up to 15 subbus modules are arranged next to one another in the web server view. All connections are clearly shown, making it easier to target each individual module. This integrated presentation is made possible thanks to the connection of IP 20 and IP 67 worlds within a single I/O system. The products that form the basis of this solution are the u-remote gateway module and the new subbus modules in IP 67. The latter are characterised by their ease of use whenever moving parts are involved, such as in the materials handling industry, the food-processing industry or the field of automotive construction.
“If you’ve ever done exercises using dumbbells, you’ll know just how heavy your arms can get even after a short period of time. The greater the weight we lift, the more energy it takes to perform the exercise. Exactly the same is true for industrial robots, whose arms and joints are ultimately modelled on those of humans,” says Sascha Lambauer, Product Manager for Remote I/O, by way of analogy. “In order to keep energy consumption levels down, we need to keep a robot’s moving mass to a minimum, which will in turn lead to increased precision, performance and availability. We have therefore designed our subbus modules to be particularly lightweight. At just 153 grams, they weigh a lot less than cast metal modules, for example, while still offering all of the functions required in the field.”
The slim line I/O modules offer an extensive range of digital and analogue inputs and outputs as well as counter modules, RTD modules and even TC modules, making it possible for a large number of functions to be transferred to the field and ensuring a noticeable reduction in the amount of installation space required in the control cabinet. Users can position up to 15 subbus modules over a distance of 50 metres. Thanks to their ability to be assembled in two different orientations and their low weight, the modules can easily be set up in the vicinity of moving system parts, such as robotic arms.
Another particular benefit lies in the fact that up to 120 recorded signals from the field can be connected over
u-remote allows IP 67 I/O modules to be connected directly to the IP-20 I/O system
a width of just 11.5 mm in the central control cabinet. The key to this is the new u-remote gateway module. The direct connection of the IP 67 I/Os to the IP 20 system means that the automation solution can be used with an extremely wide range of different fieldbuses. When changing the IP 20 coupler, the IP 67 connection is automatically migrated to the new fieldbus, rendering additional IP 67 fieldbus gateways superfluous.
What’s more, users also benefit from the consistency of the information and the expanded engineering and diagnostic options available from the u-remote system. “Whenever the I/O system is started up, our subbus modules sign in directly to the u-remote gateway module by means of automatic address allocation. Its compatibility with the u-remote web server makes it possible for users to perform simulations and system diagnostics even without a control connection, and to force inputs and outputs,” says Lambauer about the benefits. “This significantly reduces the necessary start-up time.”
With web server 2.0, u-remote allows for particularly quick, simple and cost-saving system parameterisation before the plant has even been started up
With u-remote, powerful software for start-up, status monitoring and error diagnosis is already integrated in the system. The software is accessed via the web server installed on the fieldbus coupler, making it accessible via any standard Internet browser. The I/O station can be parameterised before a control unit is even connected, and status information and diagnostic and process data can easily be accessed on the station. Settings can also be directly changed, tested and stored for subsequent series installations. All in all, this ensures noticeably easier automation and quicker start-up.
With web server 2.0, u-remote allows for particularly quick, simple and cost-saving system parameterisation
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Published in November 2015