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Actuators gain PROFINET extension

06 December 2016

A new interface for AC .2 actuator controls is now available, allowing AUMA actuators to be integrated into PROFINET networks, a second Ethernet-based networking option alongside Modbus TCP/IP.

Meeting the requirements of PROFINET specification 2.3 and Conformance Class B, rates of up to 100Mbit/sec are possible and installation and commissioning simplified by featues such as its automatic address assignment.

AUMA actuators with a PROFINET extension can be identified and addressed by device name or IP address from any point on the network. An integrated web server allows swift and easy performance of connection tests, status requests and fault diagnostics. All operation commands and feedback signals offered by the Profibus DP protocol are available to AC actuator controls thanks to the standardised device description.

“We are seeing a trend in process automation towards robust and versatile Industrial Ethernet standards, combining the advantages and functions of fieldbus protocols with the speed and proven design of Ethernet-based technologies”, says Werner Laengin, Senior Product Manager at AUMA.

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