As the Pneumatic Product Manager for the Cross Company Automation Group, I have had numerous discussions with machine builders about ways to locate pneumatic valves on their equipment to optimize performance. Often, I find that these machine builders are under the impression that the pneumatic valves must be centrally located on one manifold.
They also believe that the addition of a fieldbus protocol limits the location of this manifold to be in close proximity to their main controller, and that any I/O that is included must also reside on this same manifold. Most pneumatic valve manufacturers have these requirements, but not Numatics.
Wade Wright Demos the Numatics G3 Fieldbus Part I
Thankfully, Numatics has developed the G3 Fieldbus Electronics platform that addresses these limitations. Flexibility has been designed into this platform to offer the following advantages:
- The product utilizes an internal sub-bus that allows the user to connect up to 1,200 I/O points on one communication node
- 17 different valve manifolds and 16 I/O modules can be connected together using the sub-bus through one communication node
- These valve manifolds can currently utilize 7 different valve sizes, allowing the user to place the right sizes valves where they are needed
- Valves and I/O can be assembled together or placed independently wherever needed
- The modular design allows for the assemblies to be changed or modified after the fact
Please take a look at my video as I point out these features and more using one of our demonstration units. Then contact me if you would like to discuss how this product can help you distribute your valves and I/O more effectively.