Motion Control & Drives


Easy integration for Ethernet/IP encoder

April 2014 Motion Control & Drives

The AFS60 and AFM60 EtherNet/IP encoders from SICK Automation are the first absolute encoders of their kind equipped with both an active web server and function blocks for fieldbus integration.

Featuring a password protection and developed specifically for integration of the AFS60 and AFM 60 EtherNet/IP encoders in Allen-Bradley controllers (RSLogix, CompactLogix), the EtherNet/IP encoders provide an unprecedented degree of integration convenience and fail safety during installation, e.g. in handling systems, production machinery, pressure systems, or measurement and testing equipment.

Via web server from the touchscreen to the encoder

The web server functionality of the AFS60 and AFM60 EtherNet/IP encoders involves a new level of convenience even at the point of installation. From the moment the encoders are connected to the controller, they cyclically transmit the factory configured parameter values to the controller. When the web server is initi­ated, entering the encoder’s IP address initially causes only parameters relevant to diagnosis to show up and undergo updating. Only upon entering the correct password, is it possible to display the additional web pages for parameterisation and configuration. At this point, one can then access the encoder directly. With the setting of the encoder completed, the data undergo updating in the controller – the values in the encoder and in the automation system are identical without noticeable delay.

Function blocks facilitate programming of diagnostics

Being EtherNet/IP encoders, both the AFS60 and the AFM60 provide the possibility of setting via the controller using function blocks. The function blocks also enable unparalleled ease of set-up of diverse diagnostic functions that optimise safety and enhance plant availability. The function blocks of SICK’s EtherNet/IP encoders, including operating instructions, are available for download directly from www.mysick.com. The intelligent operating convenience via web server and the function blocks helps machine builders, integrators and end users benefit ‘from the very first turn’, among other things, from simplified commissioning, substantially reduced programming effort and access to the encoders via the HMI user interface of the machine.

For more information contact Jacque Dreyer, SICK Automation SA, +27 (0)11 472 3733, jacque.dreyer@sickautomation.co.za, www.sickautomation.co.za


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