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May 6, 2022

 

MC Reducing COntrol Cabinet Size w Decentralized Automation Festo 1 400

In manufacturing environments, real estate is precious. One of the best and easiest ways to save space is through the machine control cabinets used in electric and pneumatic automation. Traditionally, control components — from the cables to the programmable logic controller (PLC) to valve terminals in pneumatic systems — existed in one or more large cabinets.

Now, with the ongoing development of fieldbus technologies, many machine designers have begun distributing control components throughout the machine, reducing cabinet size and simplifying the connectivity inside.

This decentralized automation strategy can involve a number of communication protocols. Keep in mind, whatever protocol and bus architecture you choose, your electrical components and valve terminals should be easily adaptable to any networking task. It is for these reasons that we design our components to be agnostic in terms of their connectivity, enabling you to adapt them to fieldbus and Ethernet protocols like EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, EtherCAT, Modbus TCP and IO-Link, to name a few.

By taking advantage of these communication protocols, it becomes possible to install devices outside of the control panel entirely, taking us one step closer to cabinet-less machines.

Examples of devices include the following:

 

 

MC Reducing COntrol Cabinet Size w Decentralized Automation Festo 2 400

 

 

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