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Pepperl & Fuchs New ASi-3 Gateway:
AS-interface Meets IIoT

Integrated REST API and Comprehensive Web Server for Industry 4.0. Enabling parallel cloud communication and simple data access for more process transparency, what more could you ask for?

The REST API interface allows parallel implementation of IIoT and PLC communication, supporting both PROFINET and EtherNet/IP.

What Actually Is It?

Ok, in simple terms this is a system that allows you to combine IIoT applications and communicate with PLCs at the same time through the multiprotocol-capabale AS-Interface-3 gateway. This means that you can have multiple IIoT devices, such as sensors, collecting data and exchanging information through the REST API. The REST API acts as a 'middle man', passing the requests and from one device to a server on the other end, and the message back through. At the same time, you can also communicate with PLCs with control industrial machinery and processes.

This allows for seamless integration of IIoT devices and PLCs, enabling you to monitor and control industrial processes while simultaneously leveraging the benefits of IIoT applications such as data analysis, remote monitoring, and real-time decision making.

Simple Commissioning And Diagnostics

An added advantage of the gateway is the integrated web-server, allowing the device to handle web related tasks without needing to rely on an external or separate web-server, providing added usability and accessibility. Not only this, but the gateway is also user-friendly, as all configuration and diagnostics can be performed via mobile devices. Simple and convenient. By integrating a web-server into the ASi gateway, it becomes, it becomes possible for all configuration and diagnostics to be performed through a standard web browser, so deep knowledge and understanding of PLC programming is not required.

The device meets modern cybersecurity requirements and also includes an SD-card for data backup, on which all parameters are stored. In the event of replacement, this SD card provides a quick solution to configuration and minimises downtime of the operation.

Slim Housing Design = More Space In The Control Cabinet

This ASi-3 gateway not only has added configurability benefits, but is also designed with space saving in mind. The extremely narrow design of the device (only 37.9 mm wide) will take up very little space in your control cabinet, and therefore reduce associated costs. Available as both a single or dual master for two AS lines, the gateway is capable of connecting 31 (standard addressing) or 62 (extended address assignment) devices.

From The Sensor In The Field To The PLC

The ASi-3 gateway is optimal for use in many different applications; roller conveyors in logistics centers, automated baggage handling at airports or automatic bottle filling.

Let's Put it to Work in a Conveyor:

In logistics centers, G20 ASi modules are connected via an ASi gateway to a higher-level PLC. This setup enables the smooth movement of packages along the conveyor line, powered by 24 V motorised rollers. The PLC governs the logic of the conveyor line, dictating transitions and package directions. Process data is transmitted from the PLC to the ASi gateway, which then forwards it to the G20 modules. AS-Interface allows for network lengths spanning several hundred meters and supports flexible topologies like star, line, or ring configurations. This versatility makes AS-Interface an ideal and cost-effective solution for integrating decentralised inputs and outputs into a control network.

The Highlights

There are many highlights to be noted from this ASi-3 gateway, and your operation can benefit from them! Simple and convenient conditioning, suitable for use in IoT applications, extremely slim housing for space saving and multiprotocol: PROFINET and EtherNet/IP in one device are just a few.

Looking For More Information? We can help with that...

If you want to know more about Pepperl+Fuchs ASi-3 gateway, or have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch on 01254 685900 and our Internal Sales Advisors or Technical Support Engineers will be happy to chat!

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