Graphical Programming for Sensors Taking Field Devices into the Era of Industry 4.0

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Graphical programming and decentralised control shall usher in a new era: “Industry 4.0” is a concept in which industrial processes are implemented digitally in every aspect. Bürkert supports this development with the Efficient Device Integration Platform (EDIP), which enables intelligent networking down to the sensor and actuator level.

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Realization of graphical programming f(x) in combination with Bürkert mass flow controllers and I/O-Modules
Realization of graphical programming f(x) in combination with Bürkert mass flow controllers and I/O-Modules
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The I/O modules help to integrate all sensors and actuators in EDIP networks. In addition, the graphical programming interface f(x) offers virtually unlimited possibilities for the implementation of individual requirements. EDIP combines and standardises hardware, software and communication of Bürkert products. The modular platform design allows the adaptation of devices according to individual requirements and also enables short delivery times. The customer further benefits from a standardised interface that provides a convenient operation and display concept, faster and easier start-up and the uncomplicated transfer and backup of device settings.

The introduction of the ME24 I/O modules and the 8922 graphical programming supplement the existing features of EDIP to include completely new capabilities for automation and monitoring. The number of inputs and outputs is not limited to physical connections: All EDIP-devices that are connected via the same network can be used as additional input and output channels.

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.