New PROFINET bus interfaces from Festo
Festo has upgraded its PROFINET bus interfaces for the CPX automation platform. The new generation has four new key features based on the new PROFINET controllers and software, with the “S2 system redundancy” being the most important one.
In addition to the S2 system redundancy, the interfaces provide three further equipment features: MRPD for uninterrupted ring redundancy, voltage monitoring and NTP time synchronisation.
S2 system redundancy
The S2 system redundancy guarantees uninterrupted processes. If a CPU error occurs, the process continues to run via the redundantly installed CPU. The CPU switchover takes place automatically. The S2 system redundancy can be combined with either MRP or MRPD redundancy and its ring topology. It also opens up opportunities for the CPX automation platform with the PROFINET bus interfaces in the process industry when Siemens PCS, S7 controllers and ABB control systems are used.
MRPD approach for media redundancy with planned duplication
MRPD and MRP prevent malfunctions or loss of communication caused by a cable or device defect during the transfer of cyclical data. The new 40 series bus interfaces support both protocols. This requires a ring topology where the data is transmitted in both directions. The first data package arriving at the receiver is evaluated, later ones are discarded.
Integrated supply and load voltage monitoring
The integrated monitor detects voltage losses when the bus subscribers are linked. These voltage losses are dependent on cable length, current intensity and the connectors used. The bus interfaces measure the 24 V power supply and the load voltage. The measurement data are indicators and can be displayed in the web server as device information.
Network Time Protocol (NTP)
The bus interfaces are time-synchronised with the NTP server. The connection delay and the local time delay are calculated. An integrated SNTP client has full NTP compatibility with an accuracy of ±0.5s.
With the PROFINET bus interfaces for the CPX automation platform from Festo, assets and diagnostics as well as process and parameter data can be visualised via a web page, thus reducing engineering costs. In addition, IT services help to reduce downtimes. The integrated diagnostic concept and valve diagnostics increase machine availability. The high protection rating to IP67 enables direct machine mounting.
Fast replacement possible
During the development process, Festo made one-to-one compatibility between the new 40 series nodes and their predecessors a priority. This enables users to replace old FB34 bus interfaces in existing installations with new FB44 ones, for example, without having to make any changes to the existing configuration. The existing data cables and connectors can continue to be used and even the old GDSML files are retained.
All that is needed to change the bus interfaces is to remove the old nodes, fit the new ones and fasten them in place. This means that an existing CPX automation platform or valve terminal with bus interface can be easily integrated into a PROFINET upgrade.
PROFINET is the most widely used Industrial Ethernet protocol worldwide with a market share of 29%. At Festo, PROFINET is the highest selling Industrial Ethernet protocol.
Festo is a global player and an independent family-owned company with headquarters in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany. Festo has set standards in industrial automation technology and technical education ever since its establishment, thereby making a contribution to sustainable development of the environment, the economy and society. The company supplies pneumatic and electrical automation technology to 300,000 customers of factory and process automation in over 35 industries. Digitalization, AI and the LifeTech sector with medical technology and laboratory automation are becoming increasingly important. The products and services are available in 176 countries. With about 20,800 employees in over 250 branch offices in around 60 countries worldwide, Festo achieved a turnover of around €3.81 billion in 2022. Each year around 7% of this turnover is invested in research and development. In this learning company, 1.5 % of turnover is invested in basic and further training. Festo Didactic SE is a leading provider of technical education and training and offers its customers worldwide comprehensive digital and physical learning solutions in the industrial environment.