Bürkert EDIP platform reduces reliance on chipsets

Open data communication protocols such as CANopen allow manufacturer and open data communication protocols to be combined within the same network

Bürkert has launched the efficient device integration platform (EDIP). The platform takes advantage of CANopen to reduce reliance on manufacturer hardware and standardise the monitoring and control of the company’s valves, flowmeters and controllers.

Open data communication protocols such as CANopen allow manufacturer and open data communication protocols to be combined within the same network, reducing reliance on premium chipsets without comprising functionality.

The EDIP platform, built on the CANopen protocol, allows intelligent networking of multiple Bürkert devices.

Instead of relying on chipsets to ensure communication with the PLC, EDIP utilises a gateway that allows information provided by devices in CANopen to be translated into whichever manufacturer protocol is desired for the PLC, and vice versa. Therefore, only one manufacturer chip installed in the gateway is required for seamless integration.

This technology lowers the total cost of implementing an Industry 4.0 ready network, however the PLC still functions in its native protocol, whether that be PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP or PROFIBUS. It provides the same parameters and information, with no disadvantage in terms of writing programmes for the PLC either.

The platform standardises the interfaces between all Bürkert devices, allowing for simplified integration and operation.

When a network is created in EDIP, all parameters and configurations are saved in the gateway. EDIP can recognise when a valve or other device is removed from the system for maintenance, informing operators. Once a repair is complete, the device can be reinstalled into the system and it will be instantly recognised by EDIP. Furthermore, if a complete device replacement takes place, EDIP will recognise the addition and automatically apply saved parameters and configurations to it.

EDIP allows maintenance flags or parameters to be set up in the network, alerting end users to equipment that has passed a certain threshold. For example, a simple on/off valve could be assigned a maximum number of cycles before inspection is required, or, a valve that is neither fully on/off in operation could be assessed on distance travelled. EDIP offers the functionality to carry out diagnostics, find faults and trigger proactive preventative maintenance support.

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