“Industry 4.0” is a new industrial era in which industrial processes are implemented digitally in every respect. Bürkert supports this development with the Efficient Device Integration Platform (EDIP), which enables intelligent networking down to the sensor and actuator level. The I/O modules now make it possible to integrate all sensors and actuators in EDIP networks. In addition, the graphical programming interface f(x) offers virtually unlimited possibilities for the individual implementation of customer requirements.
EDIP combines and standardises the hardware, software and communication of Bürkert products. The modular design of the platform allows the adaptation of devices according to individual customer requirements and also enables short delivery times. The customer also benefits from a standardised product interface that provides a convenient operation and display concept, faster and easier start-up and the uncomplicated transfer and backup of device settings.
Integration of all input and output values
The introduction of the Type ME24 I/O modules and the Type 8922 graphical programming f(x) supplement the existing features of EDIP to include completely new capabilities for process automation and monitoring. The number of inputs and outputs is not limited to physical connections: All EDIP-based devices that are connected via the same network can be used as additional input and output channels. In addition, all sensors and actuators with analogue and digital signals can be integrated in such a network via the I/O modules. The I/O modules are used with the type 8905 Online Analysis System for water treatment and the types 8741, 8742 and 8746 mass flow controllers and flow meters.
Programming capability for every desired function
While in the past some devices featured only static functions such as a PID process controller, the use of convenient graphical programming f(x) now makes it possible to implement virtually unlimited functions and to control customised processes, for example the mixing of gases, status monitoring or fault monitoring. For the local and individual adaptation and optimisation of processes with f(x), it is no longer necessary to intervene in the control system, which boosts system efficiency and saves time and money. With f(x) it is possible to reduce the load on central controllers as well as the bus load, which has a positive effect on system stability and availability. The graphical programming capability is always to be regarded as a supplement and not as a substitute for the process control system. In addition, f(x) makes it possible to create autonomous, decentralised systems for the fast, easy and inexpensive implementation of individual solutions.