The IIoT or Industry 4.0 is part of a larger concept known as the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is a network of intelligent computers, devices, and objects that collect and share huge amounts of data. The collected data is sent to a central Cloud-based service where it is aggregated with other data and then shared with end users in a helpful way.
After several years already working through Industry 4,0, Factory of the Future, Smart Factory, Digitalization, you name it, have taught us that the added value we could offer to our customer, to you, is to assist in building flexible enough machines.
Air Management System
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.
- Scalable architecture - single wired base connects wirelessly up to 10 remotes (100m range)
- Easily incorporated in new or existing systems
- Flow, pressure and temperature sensing
- Standby (reduced pressure) and isolation mode functions to reduce air losses during idle periods
- Electropneumatic or manual regulation of standby pressure
- 4 sizes: 0-500, 0-1,000, 0-2,000 and 0-4,000 lpm
- Modular connection to SMC air preparation
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.
Sensors & Switches
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.
Electro-Pneumatic Regulators - ITV with Fieldbus
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.
Electric Actuator Controllers
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.