The Air Management System automatically regulates and isolates the compressed air provided to a machine to improve efficiencies during periods of inactivity. The unit generates pressure, flow, and temperature data to characterize normal operating conditions and identify trends to both compare with similar machines and enable preventative action to maintain optimal system performance. The unit does not require reprogramming of the user's PLC to operate, making integration both simple and cost effective. The high-resolution data is accessed by the PLC via fieldbus and SCADA packages via OPC UA. Using OPC UA and wireless systems, the Air Management System can be added without connector to the PLC or changes to PLC programming.
The advantage of a valve I/O is the amount of flexibility and control it gives you in addition to the significant labor savings. SMC's latest innovations in fieldbus technology give you the power of decentralized communication and the flexibility needed for your control design. SMC supports wide variety of open fieldbus protocols to suit your networking needs including IO-Link, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, EtherCAT, DeviceNet, Profibus DP and many more.
IO-Link compitable industrial sensors and switches installed in the factory automation space can provide essential machine feedback. They can monitor On/Off status, confirm operation within an optimal range, or measure real time operation of pressure or flow.
Series ITV electro-pneumatic and electronic vacuum regulators control air/vacuum pressure steplessly in proportion to an electric signal. They are light weight in design with a bright and easy to read LED display. These electro-pneumatic regulators are IO-Link or Ethernet IP compatable.
SMC offers several fieldbus protocol enabled controllers for LE's 24VDC step motor actuators. Single axis direct input controllers are available for Industrial Ethernet, DeviceNet™, and CC-Link as well as IO-Link. 3- and 4-axis controllers are also available in compact packages that include EtherNet/IP™. Finally, the LEC-G gateway device offers network access for EtherNet/IP™, DeviceNet™, Profibus®, or CC-Link. The gateway can connect up to 12 LECA6 servo motor controllers.