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Breaking down the barriers to industrial networkingFesto is breaking down the barriers to networking, enabling customers to set up pneumatic valve terminals and get connected to Fieldbus networks in just a few simple steps. With just one entry-level valve terminal users can go from multi-pin connection to Ethernet through IO-Link and Fieldbus as required.
This flexibility is typified in the development of Festo's VTUG range of cost-effective pneumatic terminals. The pneumatic functionality includes two 3/2 valves, 5/2 and 5/3 valves as well as pressure zoning, additional supply and sandwich plates and three sizes of valves, with more to come.
The VTUG valve terminal is available with a multi-pin connection, providing communication through sub D connectors as well as flat cable connectors if required. However, the multi-pin connection can easily and quickly be changed for an M12 connector to provide an IO-Link connection and a network-ready valve terminal by removing four screws. This Fieldbus independent connection enables extended diagnostics of sensors and actuators above hard wired connections.
If a higher level Fieldbus or Ethernet network is required, then a CTEU node can be simply put onto the IO-Link port. The valve terminal then allows full communication including diagnostic data and parameterisation of the failure behaviour of the valves.
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