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IFM efector has released the Actual Sensor-interface. The AS-interface is a simple networking system for connecting actuators and sensors.

Industrial automation systems require large amounts of control devices, with the number of binary actuators and sensors on a typical system having increased over the years.

Current methods for wiring include point-to-point connection or bus systems. However, these methods can prove too complex for networking simple binary devices.

Point-to-point wiring, while presently the most common method of wiring in the industry, has significant disadvantages. Large wire bundles take up valuable space, installation is time consuming and troubleshooting complex.

IFM efector's AS-interface provides the solutions to these common problems. It eliminates wire bundles completely, with only one wire cable required, compared to one cable from each device with point-to-point wiring.

Junction boxes are also eliminated, and the size of the control cabinet needed is significantly reduced. Further, the plug and play wiring supports all typologies.

The AS-interface is cost effective, with a price-per-point among the best in the industry. Further, it is easy to install and features modular components that offer design flexibility. No additional software is required for the device.

The AS-interface has an extremely fast system, with rapid data transfer of less than 5ms on a fully loaded system of 124 inputs and 124 outputs.

Designed and developed by actuator and sensor manufacturers, every component on the AS-interface network fits binary devices, and provides simple networking.

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