Pressure Sensor and Switching Time Measurement for Greater Process Reliability

Pressure Sensor and Switching Time Measurement for Greater Process Reliability

Bürkert (Germany) - Valve island with extended diagnostic functions. Valve island Type 8652 AirLINE from Bürkert Fluid Control Systems now offers even greater process reliability thanks to additional diagnostic functions as well as a pressure sensor in the supply line. In the Ethernet variant, the integrated web server facilitates commissioning and maintenance even in demanding applications.

Pneumatic valves are widely used in process automation and usually controlled by space-saving valve islands located in a control cabinet. This ensures the formation of compact systems even with a large number of variants. To further enhance process reliability, Bürkert Fluid Control Systems (see company text box) has extended its proven valve islands Type 8652 AirLINE.

New diagnostic functions allow constant valve monitoring. The number of switching cycles and measurement of the switching times are analysed and enable wear-optimised predictive maintenance as well as lifetime forecasts. Additional pressure monitoring of the supply line quickly detects fluctuations in the pressure supply, thereby contributing to overall safety. Both channel-based and module-based safety shutdown are now possible irrespective of the fieldbus communication. This boosts personal safety, e.g., when working on pipelines, valves, connectors, etc. and not just in critical applications such as the food industry or pharmaceutical and cosmetics production.

Web server facilitates commissioning and maintenance:

Communication with the PLC is managed by the ME43 fieldbus gateway. It enables use of all common fieldbus protocols as well as the networking of various Bürkert devices via the company’s own EDIP platform. The integrated web server for the Ethernet variant allows convenient access to all diagnostic data, thus facilitating commissioning and maintenance. The range of valve functions has also been extended and modularity further refined. The valve island is now also available with ATEX Zone 2 IIC, IEC Ex Zone 2 IIC approval.

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Valve island Type 8652 AirLINE offers greater process reliability thanks to extended diagnostic functions and a pressure sensor in the supply line. (Source: Bürkert Fluid Control Systems).


About Bürkert Fluid Control Systems:

Bürkert Fluid Control Systems is one of the world's leading manufacturers of measuring, control and regulating systems for liquids and gases. Bürkert solutions are used in a wide range of industries and applications – ranging from breweries and labs to medical, bio-engineering and aerospace technology. With a portfolio of more than 30,000 products, Bürkert is the only supplier to offer all fluid control system components, from solenoid valves to process and analytical valves, from pneumatic actuators to sensors.

With its headquarters in Ingelfingen in southern Germany, the company has a wide-ranging sales network in 36 countries and more than 3,000 employees worldwide. Bürkert continuously develops customized solutions and innovative products at its five Systemhaus locations in Germany, China, and the USA, and in four research centers.

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