Real-time capable, fast and compatible: decentralised remote I/O system CPX-AP-I
Starting from the bus interface, one or two lines can be set up using the daisy chain principle. The star and tree topology will also be possible in the future.
The bus interface is used to connect the CPX‑AP‑I to the higher-level controller via Ethernet-based bus protocols as well as EtherCAT or PROFIBUS.
The new AP communication technology combines a host PLC with IO-Link devices, digital and analogue inputs and outputs, and data transfer to the cloud in one easy package. What makes it unique is the direct integration of existing Festo valve terminals into the remote I/O system.
The automation system CPX-AP-I has separate cables for communication and power supply as well as two separate circuits
An automation system CPX‑AP‑I consists of the bus interface and at least one other input/output module or an IO-Link master. In the system, up to 79 modules can be connected to the bus interface in any combination.
The integration into the commissioning software enables firmware updates, smart engineering and enhanced diagnostics.
When connected to the IoT gateway from Festo, CPX-AP-I communicates right up to the cloud via standard cloud protocols such as MQTT and OPC UA. This will make it easy in future to carry out predictive maintenance and condition monitoring.
The AP system communication, included in all future valve terminals from Festo, makes it easy to incorporate these valve terminals into your application. Right now, existing valve terminal series like VTUG or MPA-L can already be easily integrated directly into the system via their AP interface. Additionally upgraded with new functions like a switching cycle counter or load voltage monitoring. It will also be possible to connect them to the cloud. This will pave the way for the use of intelligent tools such as dashboards for preventive maintenance and condition monitoring in the future.