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Festo Emphasizes Process Industry Solutions at Automation Fair

I have seen Festo in the past few weeks at Fabtech and Assembly shows. I didn’t think there could be more to show when I saw its stand at Automation Fair. But, there were a couple of new items to see. Here are the press releases.

Festo introduces the KDFP online configurator for quarter turn actuators and the CMSH smart positioner with HART communication.

Festo also features such process industry solutions as the VTSA-F-CB pneumatic valve manifold for PLd, (up to CAT 3 for PUS) safety; the CPX-MPA modular valve terminal for maximum valve flexibility; and decentralized I/O for less wiring, faster installation, and improved pneumatic system performance.

Online configuration tools

Festo now offers three process component online configurators – the KVZA for butterfly valves, the KVZB for ball valves, and now the KDFP for quarter turn actuators. These Festo configurators reduce the engineering time required for product specification from hours to minutes. Engineers simply enter application parameters into the tool and at the end of the configuration session the engineer receives a quote, ship date, configured product data sheets, and 2D and 3D CAD models.

Smart positioner with HART

Festo introduces the new energy efficient CMSH smart positioner with HART communication for process valves. Because of its high airflow rate, the CMSH is suitable for both large and small actuators in such applications as dosing, mixing, and filling. The CMSH offers extensive integrated functions for self-monitoring and diagnostics with clear recommendations for corrective action.

A single valve terminal for multiple safety zones

The VTSA-F-CB delivers up to Performance Level (PL)-d Category 3 for preventing unexpected start-up. The serial “C-Bus” plug-and-play integration lowers component costs and simplifies and accelerates the installation of pneumatic safety circuits, which are specifically for safe exhausting and preventive start-up. The VTSA-F-CB can dramatically reduce the number of components and time required to assemble a range of safety circuits. The solution provides Rockwell OEMs and end users the ability to control valves with safe switched power zones and to monitor integrated sensors for monitoring feedback via Ethernet/IP.
Control of 2 position or 3-15psi process valves with CPX/MPA/VPPM

The CPX-MPA valve terminal offers every standard valve function, including the cost/space saving dual 3/2 types. This is ideal for control of single acting process valves. Additionally, the VPPM can be used to control 3-15psi variable position valves. The combination of MPA and VPPM valves are electrically connected via a serial bus to EtherNet/IP, via the Festo CPX modular peripheral system. Using the CPX-MPA/VPPM valve terminal, OEMs can integrate on/off and variable position valves via a single Ethernet IP drop for less cost and quicker installation and startup.

New generation decentralized I/O

The new CPX-AP-I decentralized I/O system offers plug-and-play installation of over 80 I/O modules (2k of data), with cable lengths of 50 meters between modules bringing valves closer to actuators and improving response time. The system can export an L5X file for easy commissioning and parameterizing of the I/O.

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