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Integrated actuation system overcomes costs and limitations

Integrated actuation system overcomes costs and limitations
Burkert's AirLINE Type 8644 Remote Process Actuation and Control System integrates total I/O requirements, including analogue modules, into a single, compact, DIN rail-mounted assembly. The AirLINE 8644 system overcomes plant standardisation and communication protocol issues by integrating high performance solenoid valves with analogue and digital I/O modules and fieldbus communications from all market-leading PLC vendors, including Siemens, Rockwell, GE Fanuc, Bosch, Beckhoff, Phoenix Contact, WAGO and Hitachi.

Calculated to save up to 40 percent on total system costs through the engineering efficiencies achieved, the series 8644 provides users with a remote field I/O network which is compact, reliable and not exclusive to any specific communication protocol. The remote process actuation and control system combines digital I/O, including a full complement of solenoid pilot valve outputs, digital and analogue I/O, including direct RTDs and T/Cs, and speciality signals (RS232, high speed counters, etc) into a single node. The system enables pneumatic solenoid valves to be electrically connected directly to a remote I/O module, without any individual coil wiring, numbering or termination required; each valve is simply a digital output addressed by the network

All components of the AirLINE 8644 are modular, allowing enclosures to be easily customised to specific requirements of size, flow and switching function. Moreover, fieldbus connectivity - including DeviceNet and Profibus - is provided via customer-defined standard industrial fieldbus communications. The Burkert AirLINE supports virtually any process field device - pneumatic or electronic. The system's modular construction permits configuration of customised and pre-mounted/pre-tested solutions that are ideal for applications where flexibility and low cost are of importance. Depending upon the application, the system can incorporate up to 13 modules (2x and 8x module types), with a maximum of 64 valves accepted.
 

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