First ASi-5 digital modules from Bihl+Wiedemann

2019-03-01
ASi-5 is the latest generation of the proven standard AS-Interface

It is one of the world’s leading systems for the efficient networking of sensors and actuators at the automation base. With this new generation, AS-Interface has now opened the way to the next dimension of digitalization. ASi-5 is backwards compatible with the previous ASi versions and devices. With ASi-5 larger data quantities can be transmitted significantly faster and even intelligent sensors such as IO-Link can be integrated much easier.

The product range from Bihl+Wiedemann currently contains the following ASi-5 products: ASi-5/ASi-3 Gateways, a counter module, an ASi-5 Slave / IO-Link Master as well as digital I/O modules.

The new ASi-5 digital modules are currently available in three versions: with 16 inputs (BWU3164), with eight in- and outputs each (BWU3163) and with eight inputs (BWU3802). So with just one ASi-5 slave, a high I/O density in the field can be realized. It is possible to simply, efficiently and economically collect signals from up to 16 sensors exactly where they occur. In some cases, the new digital I/O modules from Bihl+Wiedemann even make expensive Ethernet I/O modules unnecessary and thereby significantly reduce the overhead costs.

In addition to the IP67 versions, there is an IP20 version available for each ASi-5 digital module. 

 

Figure: ASi-5 digital I/O module from Bihl+Wiedemann in IP67 (left) and IP20 (right)
 
 
 
Bihl+Wiedemann GmbH is one of the leading suppliers of AS interface (ASi) devices for automation and safety equipment. It develops and manufactures components for use in equipment and machinery such as conveyors, high-bay storage systems, packing machinery and machine tools. Bihl+Wiedemann products are used by leading manufacturers of consumer and capital goods all over the world. The company’s headquarters is located in Mannheim, Germany, and it is represented in over 30 countries by a network of subsidiaries and distributors.