Automation system CPX-AP-I

With the new I/O system CPX-AP-I in IP65/IP67, powerful I/O modules and existing valve manifold connections can be integrated into the most important host systems – including IO-Link master.
  • High-performance remote I/O system that flexibly networks 80 modules in real time with a 200 Mbaud data rate
  • End-to-end connectivity with extended diagnostics option increases machine availability and productivity
  • Simple integration into the controller of your choice: PROFINET, PROFIBUS, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, ModbusTCP
  • Real-time capability and deterministic system behavior enable a cycle time of up to 250 µs
  • Cable lengths of up to 50 m between each module enable giant system dimensions
  • IO-Link master and configuration software enable any IO-Link devices to be integrated simply
  • Ethernet performance up to valve manifold and digital or analog I/O modules
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CPX-AP-I remote IO system

IO-Link® with CPX-AP-I:

Up to four IO-Link® devices can be integrated into the CPX-AP-I system per IO-Link® master, and several IO-Link® masters can be connected to a bus interface. This means up to 316 IO-Link® devices per bus interface are theoretically possible.
Any devices from Festo and third-party suppliers as well as Festo components with I-Port connection can be connected to the CPX-AP-I automation system via the IO-Link master and the Festo IO-Link® tool. Also, the parameter and master port settings can be conveniently carried out via a graphic interface with the help of the Festo IO-Link® tool. What’s more, the IO device descriptions of connected IO-Link® devices are automatically loaded from the IODDfinder portal so that parameterisation can take place with just a few clicks.

Real-time capable, fast and compatible: decentralized remote I/O system CPX-AP-I

Decentralized remote I/O system CPX-AP-I

System topology

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.

Fieldbus communication

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.

AP system communication

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 a simple package. What makes it unique is the direct integration of existing Festo valve terminals into the remote I/O system.

  • Simplified engineering without additional software
  • Real-time communication to the valve terminal

Power supply concept

The CPX-AP-I automation system has separate cables for communication and power supply as well as two separate circuits

  • Power can be supplied separately for each individual module or shared from module to module as a central supply
  • Creation of voltage zones possible
  • Stable data transfer

CPX-AP-I modules

A CPX‑AP‑I automation system 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.

  • Bus interface
  • IO-Link® master
  • Digital input/output modules
  • Analogue input module

Festo Automation Suite

The integration into the commissioning software enables firmware updates, smart engineering and enhanced diagnostics.

Digitalisation Industrial Internet of Things

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 makes predictive maintenance and condition monitoring easily possible in the future.

Valve terminals directly integrated into the CPX-AP-I system

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.