Fieldbus & Industrial Networking

New Profibus fieldbus module gets agency approval

April 2002 Fieldbus & Industrial Networking

The PFM (Profibus Fieldbus Module) connects the APACS+ process automation system to Profibus - a high-speed, digital two-way serial communication bus. Profibus technology offers a wide range of applications in process and factory automation.

With a Profibus system, users have the opportunity to employ a truly open approach to vendor independence and interoperability using a broad range of Profibus products such as transmitters, valve positioners, remote I/O modules, variable frequency drives and many other common automation components used in applications throughout the process industries.

The PFM operates as a Profibus Master in an APACS+ system, providing realtime data access from devices on the bus. Process instrumentation in electrically hazardous areas of a plant are connected using Profibus-PA link-couplers. Couplers allow the APACS+ system with a PFM to interface with other popular buses such as ASi bus and DeviceNet.

Agency approvals - The PFM is now available with various agency approvals and their respective standards as listed in the table.

Eric Hore, Moore Process Controls

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